Just how busy are you? I heard the words a few weeks ago. I started to write about it. I stopped. I went to sleep one night. I dreamed. I was preaching in my dream. Just how busy are you? I spoke the exact words to those listening as I preached. I woke up. I turned to other things. But the words did not leave. They keep coming back. Just how busy are you? Today I felt led to write what I had been inspired to write in the first place. I cringed. People won’t like this. Some will be offended. I could lose a friend, or two. Others will be too busy to hear. I knew it was too late to tuck the words away, to bury them somewhere even I would forget about them. I knew I needed to write about it. Somebody needed to hear.
I have been astonished in recent weeks how many of my friends do not respond to phone calls. Many do not call back. Some call back eventually. Every once in a while, someone calls back in a short time. Nobody calls to get together. Hardly anyone reaches out to say hello. Few contact me simply to say, “I know you are going through a hard time. How are you?” The apologies are always the same. “I am so sorry. I am so busy. Please forgive me.”
“Of course, of course,” I reply. “I understand.” Of course I understand. For the past decade or so, I was the exact same way. Busy, busy. So very busy. “I’m serving God,” I would tell myself. How could I possibly slow down?
Serving God? God’s two great commands are to love Him, and to love one another. Quite frankly, I was too busy to do either sufficiently. In many respects, I was too busy to do either at all. I was busy doing stuff, but not very busy loving.
Has God really given us too much to do, or are we too busy doing things He has not asked us to do?
For the first time in years, my life is very slow. Now I have time to do what I should have been doing all along. Loving God, and learning to love my neighbor as myself. In the midst of all this, as I continue to wish God would change my circumstances, He is continuing to change my heart so that I am more like Him – more loving, more forgiving, more merciful, more giving, more everything that He is.
I believe my life will not be measured in what I accomplished, but in how I loved my Father and His Creation. I pray I will never be too busy again for this.
THE FOLLOWING SCRIPTURES, AS GOD’S WORD ALWAYS IS, ARE LIFE-CHANGING. ARE YOU TOO BUSY TO SIT AT THE FEET OF JESUS? ARE YOU TO BUSY TO REACH OUT AND LOVE THE LORD’S CREATION? THE BOOK OF CORINTHIANS REMINDS US WE ARE NOTHING WITHOUT LOVE. PLEASE DO NOT BE TOO BUSY FOR THE LOVE OF GOD.
Luk 10:38 Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.
Luk 10:39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word.
Luk 10:40 But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.
Luk 10:41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:
Luk 10:42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.