“I’m sorry, I just don’t have time.”

“My plate is so full, I just can’t take on one more thing.” 

“I couldn’t possibly fit one more thing into my schedule.” 

“I’m so busy I don’t know if I found a rope or lost my horse”

“I don’t have time to be this busy!”

“Let me check my schedule……..”

Too Busy?

Robert Lewis Stevenson said    “Keep busy at something. A busy person never has time to be unhappy.” 

I say “A busy person never has time to be truly happy”

Busy is that stack of paperwork and the office, the tower of unwashed dishes by the sink, the pile of dirty laundry on the floor, the meetings and the coffee dates, the kid’s ball games and concerts, zoom calls and text messages, the doctor appointments, and club gatherings, golf games and yoga class, grocery shopping, birthday parties, home repairs and study groups. The list goes on and on. Why do we do it? Why do we fill our days with all the STUFF? 

 

Let’s face it; We are ALL busy and we have ALL used being ‘busy’ as an excuse for not doing something else. The bottom line is that we choose our ‘busy’. Saying “I don’t have time.” is a cop out. It is ONLY and excuse, not a reason. We all have the same amount of time. Every day is 24 hours for every person. What you do with your 24 is your choice. 

It’s all about priorities. If something is important to you then you will make time for it. 

“In order to say yes to your priorities, you have to say no to something else”  

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I know, I know! I hear you right now. “It’s not that easy.” ” I have to work to support my family.” I do have priorities, I just have to_________” Fill in the blank.

It is that easy. You just have to WANT it bad enough. 

One of my favorite pastors used to say ” If the devil can’t make you bad, he’ll make you busy.”  

Pastor Rick’s quote is so very true. The devil uses all the things of the world to distract and tempt us into a life spent living on our own accomplishments and desires. So much so that we forget who we are and who’s we are. We start to think “I can do it all” , “I can handle it all”, “I got this!”  We become so  self-reliant, and over confident in our ability to go it alone that we forget that we are NOT alone. — and THAT is exactly what the devil wants. He wants us to forget about God. He wants our priorities to exclude that which matters more than anything else—Our relationship with God the Father. 

Because friends, there will come a time when you realize that you have bit off more than you can chew; a time when you find out that you CAN’T do it all; a time when you are so overwhelmed by the obligations of this world that you don’t know where to turn, and that is when GOD steps in and holds you up. It is at the moment when you need Him most, that He will be there.  He will always be there waiting for you to realize that you need Him and when you admit that to yourself and accept His hand, then all the world’s busyness will slip away and your priorities will fall right in line. 

Life is full of obligations that we simply have to meet in order to live productive and healthy lives. We have jobs and families, friends and social activities that fulfill us and challenge us. We have things to do that may not be enjoyable, but are necessary or things that are not particularly fun or enlightening, but are practical and important to do for basic needs, civic, or community reasons. Not all of being busy is a bad thing. God wants us to be productive, to enjoy our lives and to have families, and accomplishments. God wants to shower His blessings upon us, but He wants something in return. He wants our love and for us to love others as we love ourselves. 

So, put down your phone, shut down the browser, walk away from the dirty dishes and spend a little time with God. Talk to Him. Tell Him about your day. Thank Him for the blessings in your life. Ask Him what He would like for you to do and then listen. Just sit quietly and listen. God wants to spend time with you. He wants to be a priority in your life. And then, just breathe and love yourself. Love your family, and your friends and most of all feel the love of your heavenly Father in that moment. The dishes will wait.

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