March 3, 2014

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” – Ecclesiastes 3:1

Isn’t interesting that one of the most common answers to the question “How are you?” in the adult world is “busy.”

I have caught myself saying this all too often.  Yet, I have grown increasingly annoyed of hearing men from all walks of life tell me how busy they are.  Are you busy?  I know I am …so what’s new? It has become very clear to me that we respond with the word “busy” with a large degree of pride as if our busyness is a “trophy” of some sort.  There’s no doubt that for most, the busier we are the better we feel about ourselves or perhaps feel more important than we really are.  And telling others that we are busy relays this importance (at least this is what we imagine).  If I did not know any better it’s as if our busyness has become in some way the ultimate model of success.

A look at the life of Christ will show that the word “busy” (in the way we use it) is never mentioned, or referred to when addressing our Savior.  Yet, no one in their right mind would disagree that Jesus was highly successful …I mean HE changed the course of our world in the 33 years he lived on this earth. He is the Savior of the world!  There has not been another person in our world’s history that has had the impact He had.  Yet, he never used the word “busy”!  As a matter of fact, He always made time for people, He took care of “business” in an orderly way, He rested, He never said; I’m so busy to children or his disciples and he even took time to speak with the down and out.  And HE never appeared stressed out and all of this without the modern “conveniences” that you and I have today.

His perspective was different …He was about His Father’s work.  He fully understood that in order to be successful it would take a total dependence upon His Father. Busyness does not, nor has it ever equated to success.  Dependence upon God regardless of the earthly outcome (Christ was crucified on earth) equals success.

Do we really believe this …or are we just too busy?  Next time someone asks you how you are doing; try giving them a more creative answer than the standard “busy.”   After all if we are always busy then there is a deeper issue because rest was a part of God’s plan for our lives. …”the seventh day …He rested from all the work of creating that He had done.”  (Genesis 2:2-3)  And Ecclesiastes tells us there is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven (Eccl. 3:1 and following).

So how busy are you really?