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Busyness: A Biblical Perspective

Jun 1, 2018


What does God think about your busy life? As we complete this topic, I wonder if you have some bad habits that are making matters worse, causing you to be unnecessarily busy, eating up your time, and keeping you from doing all the good things God wants you to do. Here are some of those things that can exacerbate our busyness:

  1. Poor time management

If you’re not good at managing time, here are four things that will help you:

  • Whatever you have to do today that you don’t want to do, do it first. Believe me, this will help you immensely. We all tend to put off what we don’t want to do, and then it piles up on us. You will be amazed at how it will free your mind and your energy to know that the thing you didn’t want to do today is already done!
  • Eliminate as many interruptions as possible. If others interrupt you frequently, think of ways to minimize those interruptions. More importantly, stop interrupting yourself. Stay on task. Set goals for yourself, give yourself rewards for staying on task. . .whatever you can do to eliminate interruptions will save you much time.
  • Finish one job before you start another, if possible. Jumping from one task to another always wastes your time. If you can finish one thing before starting another, you’ll eliminate a lot of “start-up time.”
  • Always have a plan for your day in writing. Whether you use a to-do list, a calendar, your smart phone or computer, as long as you make a plan for your day, with some sense of priorities and time frames, you will see great improvement in the use of your time.
  1. Procrastination

 A simple cure for procrastination is this: “Do it right and do it now!” If you have to do it, don’t put it off. Believe me, living by this simple principle will bring remarkable changes in your life.

  1. Negative attitudes

Get rid of them! Negativity drains your energy and slows you down. Paul wrote to the Philippians that we are to rejoice in the Lord always. That leaves no time for complaining, griping, or being negative.

How does God feel about your busyness? Let’s recap what I’ve shared on this topic:

  • Are you busy for the right reasons?
  • Has busyness become a point of pride for you?
  • Do you set appropriate boundaries on your busyness?
  • Do you stay busy to avoid confronting issues in your life that need to be changed?
  • Is your busyness an obstacle to your spiritual growth?


I hope these thoughts will cause you to think twice about your own busy life.


Busyness: A Biblical Perspective

May 31, 2018


If you’re very, very busy, it could be because it’s your way of avoiding some issues in your life that need to be addressed. I’m asking the question, “How does God feel about my busyness?” In examining this topic, the next question you need to ask yourself is this:

Do I stay busy in order to avoid issues that need to be confronted?

I know how easy this is to do, because I did it for ten years. During this period many years ago, I was running from God’s control in my life. I wanted to be in charge, and so my lifestyle was not what it should be. . .and I knew it! But I didn’t want to face it; I didn’t want to relinquish control of my life. So, I kept busy. I made sure every minute was filled with some kind of activity. Every weekend, every evening. . .even if I didn’t have anything to do, I found something! I got involved in all kinds of activities simply to stay busy. That way I didn’t leave time to think; I didn’t allow quiet moments when the convicting voice of God’s Spirit could get to me.

While it didn’t really work—I was definitely under conviction the whole time—it became my escape mechanism to avoid confronting the sin in my life. What a foolish thing to do! We can’t hide from God no matter how busy we are, and eventually we have to face ourselves. If you’re staying busy because you don’t want to hear what God has to say to you, let me urge you to give it up. God wants only good things for you—and you don’t even realize how heavy your burden of guilt is until you get right with God, accept his forgiveness, and turn the controls back over to him.

One final question to ask yourself about your busy schedule this:

Is my busyness an obstacle to my spiritual growth?

Are you too busy for time with God? Is that what falls through the cracks when the schedule gets heavy? I believe this is one of Satan’s best tricks to pull on us—to keep us so busy that we convince ourselves we just don’t have time to read our Bibles, to develop a meaningful prayer life, and to simply get to know God better and better. If you’re too busy to have a consistent daily time with God, you’re too busy. That’s for sure!


Busyness: A Biblical Perspective

May 30, 2018


Someone has said, “There is always time to do God’s will.” Certainly that has to be true. What God has given us to do, we will have time to do—provided we know how to manage our time well and we are disciplined in our work habits. I’m examining our busy lives and asking questions to help us determine how God feels about our busyness. Here’s the next question we need to ask ourselves:

Do I set appropriate boundaries on my busyness?

Did you ever realize that Jesus knew how to say, “That’s not my job”? In Luke 12, we read how a man asked Jesus to be a judge, and Jesus said, in effect, “That’s not my job.” I’m sure this man figured Jesus was the right person to settle this argument between him and his brother. However, Jesus told him that he was not called—nor did he intend—to become an earthly judge in human affairs. He was not unkind about it, but he certainly was direct.

In Mark 1:35-38 we see another occasion where Jesus disappointed some people. The whole town had gathered to hear Jesus, and his disciples were most anxious for him to come and please this crowd. But Jesus made a decision to go elsewhere, because he said that he must “go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come” (Mark 1:38). No doubt he disappointed his disciples and the crowd that had gathered, but Jesus stayed focused on his mission. He knew how to set boundaries and refused to try to please everyone.

I used to think that if I was everything I should be, everybody would be happy with me and I’d be able to please everyone. But when I realized that Jesus set boundaries and actually said, “That’s not my job” when necessary, it freed me to know that I too could set boundaries. Just because someone asks you to do something doesn’t necessarily mean you should do it.

For many of us, saying “no” is very difficult. That’s because our worth as a person is too much based on what others think of us. When we are dependent on the opinions and affirmation of other people in order to feel good about ourselves and what we’re doing, then we are at their mercy. We’re going to be jumping through their hoops, trying to be super people, in order to gain their approval and therefore feel we’re okay.

If you haven’t learned how to set biblical boundaries in your life, I urge you to take this matter under consideration. There are some good Christian books on the topic, and it will be well worth your time to find out when and how you should be setting boundaries on the busyness of your life.


Busyness: A Biblical Perspective

May 29, 2018


Are you busy? Your response is likely to be “Are you kidding? Who isn’t busy?” I’m asking some questions to help us determine what God thinks about our busyness. We’ve looked at the questions, “Am I busy for the right reasons?” Here’s the next question to ask yourself:

Has busyness become my identity? Do I take pride in my busyness?

Some years ago, I recognized this was true of me. I found my self-worth, in part, in staying very busy, accomplishing lots of things, and having people notice. Often I would hear, “How do you do all you do?” and I would take pride in knowing that people noticed how busy I was. Mind you, for the most part, I was busy doing things in ministry—doing things for Jesus. However, far too much of my motivation was to get the praise and admiration of others. That was who I was.

As God’s Spirit revealed this spirit of pride to me, I began to pray that God would deliver me from being addicted to busyness. I truly believe it can become an addiction—when we are driven to keep going and stay busy because. . .well, because that’s who we are! We have built our worth on our accomplishments instead of on Christ.

One way you can tell if this is your problem is to notice how much you talk about how busy you are. Do you wear your busyness like a badge of honor, a point of pride? You may be doing good works—the good things God put you here to do—but if your busyness is all about you instead of pure service to the Lord, then you need to pray about this. Ask God to deliver you—not from doing the good things he wants you to do, but from that sense of pride and identity based on your busyness.

I’ve noticed how we are prone to play one-upsmanship. You know what I mean. We say, “Hi, how you’re doing?” and the other person gives a litany of how busy they are. Then we replay with our own list, as though we’re trying to prove that we’re busier than the other person. On and on it goes. Subtly, without realizing it, we’ve taken on a spirit of pride in how busy we are.

I hope you’ll ask yourself this question and be willing to let God change that attitude in you, if necessary.


Busyness: A Biblical Perspective

May 28, 2018


I want to share some thoughts on a topic that all of us—both men and women—are very familiar with: Busyness! We are all busy, aren’t we? When was the last time someone told you they didn’t have enough to do? No, we connect significance with busyness, and most of us either boast or complain about how busy we are. But what does God think about our busyness?

I want to address five questions about our busy schedules to help us determine how God thinks about our busyness. Our first question is this:

Am I busy for the right reasons?

We need to look at what we’re doing and make sure we are doing what God wants us to do. For sure, doing what God has put us here to do will keep us busy. Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

We are here, as God’s people, to do the good works he has planned for us to do. We are to be busy doing those good works. God doesn’t honor laziness or wasting time, but one of the traps we can easily fall into is staying very busy for the wrong reasons.

I can tell you, as a staff member in my church, that getting volunteers to fill all the needs of a local church is a constant challenge. So often, when we ask someone to take on a job at church, we hear the list of excuses why they can’t do it. Admittedly, some are legitimate; I don’t believe we have to say yes to every request that comes our way. But far too often, the reason people aren’t available to do some ministry is because their lives are filled up with things that have no eternal value.

For myself, I love being busy; I get bored easily if my plate is not full. But I also know that I can easily fall into the trap of trying to do too much and not being busy for the right reasons.

Are you willing to honestly ask yourself this question: Am I busy for the right reasons? Make it a matter of prayer. Write all your commitments and responsibilities on paper, and then, one by one, ask God, “Is this one of the good works you put me here to do?” That is how we get serious about doing God’s will and ridding our schedules of the things that God never intended for us to do.


Becoming “Big Girls” for Jesus

Mar 21, 2018


When you were growing up, did your parents measure your height at different ages and make a mark on the closet door or some other place to show how you were growing? They would say something like, “You’re really growing up fast!”—and that made you feel good. Ask yourself this question: If God measured your spiritual growth, would he see progress—that you’re growing up to be a “big girl”—or boy—for Jesus?

We need to become intentional about growing spiritually, making sure we’re doing what we need to do to be a “big girl” for Jesus. So, how do we grow?

First, we grow through the Word. There are no short cuts here. There is no microwave Christianity. You can’t bake this potato in five minutes!

If I asked you how many true, born-again believers read their Bibles every day, what percentage would you guess do so? The latest research says that number is 11%. Just 11% of true believers read their Bible every day! In fact, what their research showed was that the one correlating factor that was true in the life of those who truly were committed disciples of Jesus Christ—totally serious, all-out for Jesus—the one thing that was true of them all was that they read their Bible every day.

If you want to grow up in Christ, you need to read your Bible every day. It won’t just happen. You must be intentional about it. You need a time and place that is reserved for you and Jesus, and you need a structured way to read your Bible—all parts of it.

You can come up with any number of reasons why you can’t do this, but they are all excuses, not reasons. I believe that for the most part, we do what we really want to do. So, if you’re not reading your Bible every day, maybe the first thing you need to do is pray that God will make you want to grow through his Word, or at least show you why you don’t have a hunger and thirst to know him better through his Word.

Sadly, busyness is our number one excuse, and it just doesn’t hold water! The truth is, we do what we really want to do.

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