When did life become so busy? I can’t tell you how many times have I asked friends how they are doing, and their response to me is “busy!” I know I have echoed that same sentiment too many times! When did “busy” become an answer to how we are doing? Not “I am fine,” or “doing well,” our lives are filled with busy. Busy has become the new good!

We run from thing to thing to thing, without leaving much room in our lives for margin or borders. Dance lessons, soccer practice, art class—our children are growing up in a world that demands busyness.

Better, faster, more. But is that really better?

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Why do we over-schedule our lives so much? Are we afraid that we might miss out on something? Are we meant to live a life of exhaustion and burnout? I don’t think so. I love  Jesus’ instructions to us in Matthew 11:28-30.

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

We need quiet time in our life to give our burdens to the Lord, so that we may find rest for our souls. I think “busyness” is a ploy from the enemy of our souls to leave us disconnected and exhausted.

How can we experience true community if we are running ourselves ragged?

We need borders and margins in our life so that we are available to move and go as the Holy Spirit guides and directs us. When we are so busy, we don’t have time to minister to the needs of others.

And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” – Mark 12:30-31

How can we love our neighbors when we don’t even have time in our schedules to know our neighbors? If the greatest commandment is to love the Lord with all our heart, mind and strength, and loving our neighbors comes in at a close second.

Then why don’t we focus more time and energy loving others?

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We were created for rest. There is a cycle, a rhythm of work and rest. Even the God of the universe that spoke the world into existence rested. The Omnipotent God that is beyond the fabric of time and space created and worked for six days, and then on the seventh day, rested.

Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done.  So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation. -Genesis 2:1-3 ESV

God rested and so should we! This is something that is very hard for me as a person with type-A driven personality, and if I am not careful, I can work myself into a frenzy. Lately, God is showing me a gentle and easy way. As I make my time with Him a priority, getting lost in His presence I become more like him. God is showing me that I have to let go of some good things in life in order to do the best things.

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I challenge you to take time this week to evaluate how you spend your time. Do you have ample time to spend with God—to pray, to read and study the word? Do you have time in your schedule to rest? Would you be available to take a meal to someone or find time to pray for others? Are there good things in your schedule that you need to let go?

Praying that the God of all wisdom would guide and direct your steps this week! Let me know if I can pray for you. if you are overscheduled and need to find some margin in your life I pray that you would be bold enough to let go of anything that keeps you from God’s best for your life.

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Posted by Misty Phillip

By His Grace: Seek Jesus, Study the Word, Grow in Grace Bible Study Author, Christian Lifestyle Blogger, & Speaker www.MistyPhillip.com

16 Comments

  1. Oh my goodness, that’s me — ever “busy.” Ugh. I agree, when did it all become about busyness? I’m so guilty and yet I try so hard to prayerfully consider the things I do. I ask the Lord to order my time and my days. I don’t know if I’m just not a good listener, or if I’m just in a predestined season of extra at the moment. I definitely need to take more time to mentally rest. Thank you for sharing this today, Misty. (Love your pics, especially the sweet kitty pic. 🙂 ). ((xoxo))

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    1. Hi! Brenda, Busy is an endemic problem in our culture today, but we can combat it by living intentional in each and every season of life. Praying that you can rest in God’s love and provision for you today.<3 Hugs, Misty

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  2. Misty you are so right, we do need quiet in our lives often and it is something we have to fight for at times. I am learning to say no to a lot which opens up blocks of time for quiet. But I don’t have little kids at home with. I remember when my children quit taking a nap, I thought, now when will have a quiet time with the Lord. But God does not judge us by how much quiet time we spend with Him, He teaches us some valuable truth in the busy times to. I am 70 and believe me you will have more time when you are older but then you must contend with the ailments that come with being older. I guess what I have learned is there is no perfect quiet time, I can talk to Him in the car as I take kids to school or when I sit with my swollen feet up at my age. He see our heart and knows when we desire to be with Him and loves that desire. Blessings.

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    1. Hi! Thanks so much for sharing your wisdom with me today! You are right there is no “perfect” quiet time. Each season of life come with both good things and challenges. I think when we are content in our current stage and find comfort in His presence wherever we are is what it is all about! Whether we are chasing toddlers, chauffeuring kids, or rest our swollen feet He is there!! Blessings! ❤️

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  3. I’ve been doing this all week. It’s so refreshing to slow down and rest.

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    1. Heather, Hope you find time this weekend to slow down and rest! 🙂 Misty

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  4. I hadn’t considered that people respond to questions of how they are doing with “busy.”
    I love your thoughts on margins. I need to create more of these! (I’m Type-A, too, so it’s tough.)

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    1. Hi Shannon, Thanks for visiting the blog today and for leaving a comment. Hope you have a fantastic day! 🙂 Misty

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  5. I was already gearing up for a week of being busy when I read this. Whew, what a wake up call to step back and breathe deeply!
    I so often forget that even Jesus took time away from His ministry to go out in the wilderness by Himself because He was weary. If Christ can rest sometimes, I guess I can take a few minutes from my “oh, so important” schedule to rest and listen to God instead of Go, Go, Go.
    Thank you for sharing this!

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    1. Thanks so much stopping by the Blog. Hope you have a blessed week rejoicing in the fact that our Savior lives! Blessings, Misty

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  6. Great message! Love what you said about busy being the new good or fine. We so desperately need to rest. Thank you for the reminder

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    1. Leslie, Thanks for visiting the blog today, and for your sweet comment! Blessings, Misty

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  7. I recall times earlier in my life of feeling like I had nothing to do with my time. I was no longer responsible for the daily care of our special needs son – his nursing staff took care of that. Yet I needed to be available in case a nurse didn’t show up, so I coudn’t work outside the home.

    Now, I’m where you said you are – always busy. Combining that with the reduced energy and stamina of living with chronic illness, I feel like I never catch up. All the things I’m involved in are good, most are ministry related, but I agree that even good things can become idols that move us away from God’s best. Thanks for sharing a message I needed to hear.

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    1. Thank you! Blessings, Misty

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  8. I completely agree with this article. “Busy” is a response I often get when I ask people how they are doing. Sometimes I wonder if the busyness is a distraction from something else or if a person is genuinely busy…but I question if anyone can be busy all of the time to the extent that their life revolves around busyness. Very interesting and thought-provoking article though!

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    1. Thank you! I appreciate your interesting perspective as well. Blessings

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