Giving up the Busy Badge

Giving up the Busy Badge

Really, I meant to write last week, but I found myself too busy.

The garden is really producing and requires my attention, and my kids had some activities, and of course, we had to mix in a little swimming. Excuses, excuses.

Even though a lot of things were cancelled this summer, I have still been busy. It makes me wonder…

I wonder, if I were to take a poll, how many people would say they were busy? 80%? 100%?

The fact is most people consider themselves to be busy, most of the time. And even though I’m not doing nearly the same amount of things I did last summer, I still feel busy.

Busyness is extremely based on perspective. And while I’m sure there’s a psychology behind what makes someone feel busy or not, I’m not going to go there. That’s totally not my area of expertise.

But when we say we’re too busy to do things we know God wants us to do, what does that mean? What does the Bible say about being busy?

First, I know we shouldn’t wear our busyness like a badge. Sometimes, when we say we’ve been so busy, we’re really saying, “Look how important I am.” Ouch. That one kind of hurt to write.

Such a situation reminds me of passage of scripture. In Matthew 6 Jesus is teaching via “what not to do.” He said, “Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admire by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven. When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do–blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity!” (Matt. 6:1-2, NLT).

The hypocrites were looking for attention and praise from people–that was the reward they sought. Jesus later said, “Your Father, who sees everything, will reward you” (v. 4).

While this passage is talking about giving to charity, it relates to the badge of busy. Sometimes, when we claim we’re so busy, we’re looking for the attention and admiration from others. But we don’t need to get caught up in that trap. Our Father sees our every move AND kn0ws our every motivation. He will reward our acts of service and obedience whether we are busy or not.

Second, I must say it’s about priorities. The pastor at my church always says, “You can tell where a person’s priorities are by where they spend their time and how they spend their money.”

It’s true. We make time for the things that are most important for us. Jesus also had an answer for this. The Pharisees tried to trick Jesus by asking him what the most important command from the Law was. In other words, out of all the rules and expectations the Law set forth, which one should be the highest priority?

Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:37-40, NLT)

Everything is based on loving God and loving others. Doing those two things should be our priority.

This looks different for everyone. But if you feel God is calling you to do something, doing it would be loving God and that should be the priority.

Being a mom is a calling. Doing our best for our kids honors God. Serving our kids in motherhood is loving God and others.

But no matter what we are called in our lives, we are always called to God. His biggest desire is to spend time with us. He’s always there; we just have to meet him. Having prayer time and time to read the Bible should be a priority for all believers.

To say that we are too busy for these things would be an incorrect statement. If we say we’re too busy, it’s really that we haven’t made time with God a priority.

Good news! God’s mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:23); we have a fresh start every day. Start now. Your time with God does not have to follow rules or a certain routine. Maybe you just read your Bible app from your phone in your bed before you get up. Maybe you pray while you drive or sing worship music.

Allowing ourselves to be too busy for time with God will lead to a life of burn out, exhaustion and a lack of joy. Choosing God is one priority we will never regret.

 

**Photo by STIL on Unsplash

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Kristen Johnson

Kristen is an "accidental farmer's wife" and stay-at-home mom of 3. Accidental, because it was never in her plan to "just" be a mom. But it was God's. Former English teacher now turned MOPS Coordinator and Speaker, Kristen now writes at nap-time, blogging about her silly kids and her farming adventures, as a mom Called by God. She lives in Minnesota on a farm with her family, dog and 5 cats.
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