Saturday, May 16, 2009

Busy!


And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. (Philippians 1:6)

"I'm too busy!" I don't know about you, but I think this has become the perennial excuse of our era for any number of situations. And why shouldn't it be? We all live at break-neck speed in today's culture. We're working AND raising kids at the same time. We have a high standard of living to maintain that our parents didn't. We live in a commuter culture where kids have to be carted all over the place. And computers certainly didn't create a paperless society as promised, they only produce more paper and more work. There's no where we can't be reached, by computer or by cell phone.

Nevertheless, the busy-ness of this post-millennial era can be hemmed in by creating strong boundaries. Have you ever heard the acronym for BUSY? Burdened Under Satan's Yoke? Our oppressor loves nothing more than to keep us in a perpetually frantic, distracted state. And what better way to do it than to seduce us into doing things that look good and worthy. The problem is that those good and worthy things might not be things God wants us spending our time on right now.

Let's get this straight. Our priorities should first be God (start each morning with Him in prayer & His Word.); second, our marriage; third, our children; after that, we are to use our time and talents where the Lord directs us. Each choice of how we spend our time should be run past the Father. It's way too easy to opt out of helping others by claiming the demands of family, etc make us "too busy". It's also way too easy to do things to the exclusion of our families. When we seek God's will, He is faithful to give us clear discernment and direction as to where He wants us. In his terrific book IF YOU WANT TO WALK ON WATER, YOU'VE GOT TO GET OUT THE BOAT, author John Ortberg states, "Where God calls, God gifts."

In a family where medical needs may constantly interrupt a schedule or a disproportionate amount of any week might be spent with doctors, it's important to keep our ears turned toward that Fatherly direction. There is extra noise in our busy-ness because of the immense needs of our special situation. Even so, God doesn't want us sitting on the sidelines when it comes to activity outside of our home. There may be a place where we can make good use of our time and talents that only requires a small portion of our schedule. As I often remind people, "Many hands make light work." When we consider that the Lord might be asking us to pitch in rather than opting out, we move closer to helping another relieve their overload.

Moving through our week ahead, let's remember to turn to the Maker of time to verify where He wants us best using the set 24 hours He's entrusted to each of us. When God starts something in us, He will equip us in a way that will foster our passion and bring Him joy. All the rest is mere overburdening distraction.

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