Being busy is a badge of honor for most of us. So much so it’s the way the vast majority of people respond to the question, “How are you doing?”
Great. Been really busy.
It’s fascinating to me that we are all so busy but very few people are doing much of anything really well.
I’m not trying to offend anyone with that statement. It’s an opinion. Opinions are like butts, everyone has one and most of them stink.
The truth is with everyone being so busy I would think our society would do a much better job at returning phone calls, keeping appointments, and simply doing what we say we will do.
Overwhelmingly companies that I deal with do not return phone calls. They literally are throwing away money because they won’t answer their phone or call me back. Way too many people forget to email back or RSVP for important dates.
Everyone is busy. Most of us are stressed. Anxiety is running rampant.
We are all running around like chickens with no heads, but what are we accomplishing?
Our busyness causes us to miss out on the moments that truly matter.
We have a difficult time being fully present with those we love because we are worried about our to do list.
We have so much to do that we don’t do anything very well.
I am challenged by the quote by Pastor Tim Keller,
“Our greatest fear as individuals and as a church should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.”
For most of us we don’t rest very well and therefor we are always tired. Even when we rest our minds are busy thinking about what we have to do.
I wonder if that’s one of the reasons God included rest as one of the Ten Commandments. Look at the great detail God goes to explaining rest.
“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
God doesn’t need rest. He doesn’t sleep nor slumber. And yet He modeled for us resting on the seventh day.
When there are no deadlines to get everything done we constantly feel like we have to get everything done all the time. It’s chaos. It’s madness.
The truth is we aren’t as busy as we tell everyone we are.
We all make time to waste. Whether it’s watching TV, checking Facebook, or doing other unproductive things, we make time for what we truly want to do. The problem is often what we want to do isn’t the thing that brings the most value to those in our life, and ultimately to us.
I think about this in regards to vacation. Before vacation I have to complete two weeks worth of work. Somehow I find the time to complete twice the amount of work. Why? I have a hard deadline. There isn’t any time to waste. I’ve got to get it done so I can enjoy my vacation.
The Sabbath wasn’t meant to be a legalistic rule that bound us. It was meant to protect us. It’s like a vacation for your week.
Get all your work done for six days so you can recharge on the seventh.
It’s hard to enjoy family time when you are thinking about your to do list. It’s hard to accomplish a task well when you are thinking about all the other tasks you have to do. At times I think the exhaustion from thinking about all we have to do causes us to do nothing.
What if one day a week was prioritized to recharge and be with family?
What if no one in your house worked on this day?
No catching up.
Simply enjoying each other’s company.
What if we used the six days of the week to make sure we got everything done. What if we protected one day a week to recharge and simply be with those we love?
Maybe God was on to something with this whole resting thing. Like everything in life, if we don’t plan for it we will never get around to it. Would you be willing to try it out for a week or two?
What’s your biggest excuse to not having a true sabbath? What would it take to prioritize your family for one day this week by getting all of your work done during the other six days of the week?