By Rick James
‘A busy person is not so much active as lost’
I was taken aback when I read these words by Ruth Haley Barton. After all being busy is a badge of honour in many of our cultures. If we are not busy, then we think we must be wasting our time.
Yet being too busy may not be God’s will for our lives. It may indeed reveal that we are lost – not really sure what God wants us to do. So we end up doing too much. We may find it hard to say no when people ask us to do things. We may need to overcome the insidious thought that ‘only I can do this well enough’. All of us have human limits. We cannot serve everyone. We cannot increase our time. None of us has super human powers to avoid the need for rest. We all need to make quality time for our relationship with God. A survey of 20,000 Christians worldwide revealed that 65% rushed from task to task in a way that interferes with their relationship with God.
Even Jesus did not respond to every need. Luke 5:16 describes how he often took himself off on his own to lonely places, even when people were looking for him to heal them.
• Where do we need to say ‘no’?
• How can we make more quality time for God?