In our culture, busyness is it’s own business. For some reason, we find it necessary to fill every single moment of our day. A free hour is rarely heard of. A day off doesn’t exist. Even our vacations somehow get jam-packed with activities. If you have a day off from your job, you have a million projects to do at home, or you have several commitments, or errands, or social engagements, and the list goes on and on. There are rarely moments just for stillness.
I’m not going to lie: I enjoy busyness. I am that person who prints out an hour-by-hour itinerary when I go on vacation. I’m a planner, it’s what we do. I like having a schedule. I like accomplishing things. When I’m home, I’m usually juggling four tasks at once, jumping from one timer going off to another, barely finishing one thing before my brain jumps to the next thing. But that’s our culture. If we aren’t busy, something is wrong with us. If we don’t have a million activities on our calendar then we have a problem. But it’s not satisfying. Running around, always feeling exhausted might be getting the job done, but it’s not leaving the heart satisfied.
Consistent, overwhelming busyness leaves little time for reflection or a relationship with God. When is the last time you actually penciled time in your schedule for Jesus Christ? God, our Creator, should have precedence over everything else that is going on in our lives. Our relationship with Him should be our foundation for every day. We were created in His image, for His glory, for His enjoyment, so if we aren’t spending time reading the Bible, praying, and living our lives for Him, then we are seriously cutting ourselves short. In a life without Christ, our busyness is actually for nothing.
Be still, and know that I am God. – Psalms 46:10a
Stillness is counter to our culture. Rarely, are we still to reflect. Rarely, are we still to know God. Rarely, are we still to pray.
Above all else, knowing God is the most important task we could ever spend our time on, and yet too few of us take the time to do it. I’m just as guilty. I will put importance on things that will be irrelevant next week over spending time with my Savior, and for what? So I can have fun in fleeting tasks or activities? So I can people please? So I can feel better about myself that I accomplished more today?
By the busyness of our schedules, we see how fleeting time is. Time evaporates from our lives just as sand slips through our hands. We can savor every moment, we can schedule every second trying to get the best value from it; but, in the end, what is all the busyness for if it doesn’t have lasting results?
Our life and everything else in it, our families, our jobs, our hobbies — all have more meaning when we are rooted in and living for Christ.
I urge you to take some time today to set aside some time for God. Get alone with Him and read His word. Pray and genuinely seek Him from your heart. Having a right relationship with Him is more important than anything else you can do in our fleeting world. Make your busyness profitable, not in the currency of the world, but in the currency of Christ. When He becomes the meaning of our existence, when He comes first, it’s only then that we truly are able to enjoy and savor His creation, this life, these moments in time.
When you look over your life, how profitable is your business of busyness? Are you finding time to be still and savor some time with your Creator? Are you taking time to know Him, to know His will? There is no greater pleasure in life than knowing Him.