“My Busyness Pleases God.”
When somebody asks you: “How are you?” you often reply with just one word: “Busy!” It’s almost as if you’re waiting for sympathy or a gold medal you deserve as a result of the chaotic life you’ve built for yourself.
Our society prizes busyness. We live in a culture of performance driven approval junkies.
The real question is, is God pleased with our busyness?
Psalm 39:6: Man is a mere phantom as he goes to and fro: He bustles about, but only in vain; he heaps up wealth, not knowing who will get it.”
Doesn’t that almost give you chills? Merely moving shadows. Busy rushing that ends in nothing. This brings us to the first Lie of Busyness: That our busyness pleases God.
There are some serious problems with busyness:
Busyness confuses doing more things with doing the right things. We’re moving so fast we don’t just miss the scenery, we miss the reason why we exist at all.
Busyness inhibits our ability to minister to others effectively. If we are piling stuff onto our lives and secretly hungering for people’s approval we will never be satisfied nor will we have anything left for the people in need around us.
Busyness hurts us spiritually. We draw a line between how busy we are and trying to have God’s approval. But God does not value us because of what we do. He values us because of who we are, His children.
Ultimately we don’t please God by carrying the weight of the world on our shoulders. We please God by our lives’ worship in obedience to Him.
So if God isn’t pleased with our busyness what can we do about it?
Here’s a simple exercise to get started: My Values VS My Calendar.
Take a piece of paper and make two columns, one for “My Values” and one for “My Calendar.”
Write under “My Values” your general philosophy about where you wanted to spend your time. Examples could include: spend time with family and friend, help others, work, exercise, prayer, Bible study…
Then under “My Calendar” look at the last three months of your life and mark each hour you have spent in any of those categories.
Finally, rank the categories in order of the time you have actually spent on them and see if there was a disconnect.
For me there certainly was! For one thing, I hadn’t even thought to have one of my categories be watching television but according to my calendar it was one of my core values. I love nature and I want to get more exercise outside but my calendar tells a different story.
Try it yourself. Ask yourself: Does God really want me to be doing all of this? What if being busy is keeping you from your most important work, which is loving God and loving others?
What if we began to build or busyness more around what our values are instead of letting the world dictate what we should do?
God already loves us as His children and His desire is for us to live a life of meaning, not busyness.