Busyness

Stop Glorifying Busy

We live in a culture where busyness is glorified. Whenever we ask someone how they are, often instead of answering with how they are feeling, they tell you how busy they are. We fill every minute of every day with things to do. Our to do lists grow and grow, but does it come at the cost of growing in our faith?

The antidote to busyness is stillness. No where in Scripture does it tell us to be busy, but it does tell us to be still.

Psalm 46:10

“Be still, and know that I am God.
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth!”

In order for us to come to know God, we need to be still. We cannot hear what He has to say to us if we are constantly in motion. We will miss what He has for us if we don’t spend time with Him.

Being still is a challenge for us. We don’t even wait without doing something. What do you do when you find yourself waiting in line, waiting at a doctor’s office or waiting for someone to arrive? Do you allow yourself the gift of a few minutes of stillness or do you fill those minutes by looking at your email, Facebook, Twitter, or playing a game on your phone or other electronic device?

Perhaps if we took those opportunities when we find ourselves waiting to be still before the Lord, we might grow closer to Him. Waiting requires patience, and patience is not something that comes naturally to us. The Lord calls us to be still and to wait patiently.

Psalm 37:7

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;…

Pay attention to how often you say you are busy or hear from others how busy they are this week. Maybe you need to take advantage of the moments of quiet you have and simply be still before the Lord and wait for Him to speak to you, minister to you and reveal to you how He is working in your life.

Combatting the busyness of life is easy – simply be still. Let’s stop glorifying busyness and start glorifying the Lord!

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9 thoughts on “Busyness

  1. Wise words, Shelly.

    • Lilka, thanks! Busyness is something we all struggle with and we need to set aside more time to simply be still before the Lord. Blessings!

  2. You spoke Truth today. Lord help me embrace the moments in my day that are still and fill them with You, not busyness.

    • Julie, thanks! May we all embrace the free moments we have each day and spend them in stillness before the Lord. Blessings!

  3. Shelly, God has sure been giving me lessons in being still and trusting Him. These times are especially difficult for us Martha’s. Thanks for the post.

    • Sue, I can relate to the challenges of being still. I am someone who is always on the go and being still is hard. It is something I think we have to be intentional about and even schedule time to just “be” with God.

  4. Shelly, thank you for such a great reminder, and timely as we move into an even busier season. Blessings to you

    • Julie, not glorifying our busyness and taking time out for God is certainly something we can all be reminded of as we enter Thanksgiving and Christmas. Blessings!

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