Do you ever feel like life is too busy?

Do you ever feel like life is too busy?

Do you think that it is God’s intention that we are really busy?

Those of you who follow my blog will have noticed that I have written a lot less over the past few months and the reason for this is that I have been really, really busy.

In the Eastern Baptist Association, we are looking to appoint a new regional team leader. As part of the planning and preparation for this, a series of meetings were held to discuss how the team leader’s role works and how it could be done differently.

hamster-wheel-1014047_1920During one of these meetings we were discussing the way things are currently structured and the dominant image in my mind was of a hamster on a wheel.

Our current team leader is a great guy, he is vastly experienced and is immensely supportive but he is also extremely overworked.

As an association, we have asked him to lead us and then we have given him with a largely administrative and organisational role that keeps him very, very busy. His over busyness may have led to him being unable to lead us forwards in a consistently effective way.

Reflecting on this has reminded me that I am certain that God doesn’t want us to be constantly really busy and worn out (you can read more about this in Since when did serving God come to mean that we always have to be really busy?)

The trouble though is that many of us are too busy to stop and consider how we could be less busy.

The Bible offers us the Sabbath principle, which is a day of rest during each week. God wants us to rest well so that we can work effectively and joyfully from that place of rest. Beyond a day of rest, I also believe we can find mini Sabbaths (moments of rest) in our everyday lives but we have to make space for them.

If God wants us to rest, why do we feel that we have to be so busy?

Perhaps it is time to slow down?

If you want to think about this some more, you might want to read, Time to slow down? You’re not superman you know!

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About honestaboutmyfaith

Hi, my name is Graeme and I’m married to a very patient wife. We have 4 children, 2 rabbits, a terrapin (and not a lot of peace and quiet!). I’m a Baptist Minister who is especially interested in making Church accessible to people who have no church background and also in how we disciple people in order to equip them to live out their faith in the 21st Century. I am also a member of the Eastern Baptist Association's Council with responsibility for Mission Strategy.
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2 Responses to Do you ever feel like life is too busy?

  1. suemacaskill says:

    Exactly the point I have reached…again!
    Every time I try and slow down or ease my work load or activity something or someone else comes along to fill the gap I make. It is a discipline I need to develop to make that gap ‘God and Me’ time; to balance action and prayer.

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    • It certainly isn’t an easy thing to do and often the pressures of life prevent us from trying but we really need to discipline ourselves and be willing to say ‘no I can’t’ at the right times. Two things that really help me are the realization that I am joining God in his work and also that I am only one part of the body of Christ. These two things really help me not to overwork s I realize that the ultimate responsibility isn’t mine and that if I try and do too much then I deprive others of fulfilling their part in the body of Christ.

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