A few years back, when I was working with a youth group in Salem, we did a devotion series on “time”. We spent several weeks talking about how we fill our weekly schedules with school activities, practices, games, and homework. For many of the youth, every day was filled with something else other than classes at school.
We asked them, “do you like being busy all the time?”
Surprisingly, majority of them said “no”.
One youth, who was an 8th grader, said that he practiced gymnastics 28 hours a week. That’s ON TOP of school and any hours spent on homework assignments. He was also involved in the youth group band which practiced every Sunday after church, and an hour before youth group on Mondays. He said he was always tired, stressed out, and felt like he never had any time to just “be”.
Other youth said that being busy is how it’s always been since they were little, and only got worse over time. They couldn’t remember the last time they had a free weekend to hang out with friends and not have anything planned.
When you ask someone “how have you been?” and they answer “busy”, notice that most of them say it with a sigh. Or, as if they wish that wasn’t their answer. Do you ever hear people say “I’ve been relaxed and peaceful, and free of stress!” Not often!
And, in the midst of our busyness, we rarely make time for God. If we can fit God into the 15 minutes of free time between last period of school and practice, maybe (just maybe) we can count that as our attempt to include God in our lives.
Why is that true for so many of us? We claim that God is important, and the reason we are believers, yet He gets the least amount of time from us. He gets our “leftovers” after we’ve expended all of our energy on everything else that was more important.
Being busy does not define whether you’re successful, smart, or capable. Being busy probably means you are stressed out, overwhelmed, hungry for rest, and needing a break. What do you think?