Kevin DeYoung is senior pastor of University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan. He blogs regularly at TheGospelCoalition.org and is the author of several books including Crazy Busy—the source of this week's readings. Claiming Chicago as his birthplace, Kevin roots for the Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks, and the White Sox. He and his wife, Trisha, have six kids.
What he Said … The Beast of Busyness
Most mornings, we drag ourselves out of bed, start the day's routine, and hope against hope that we can simply hold our ground. Maybe we can break even on the to-do list. Maybe the inbox won't get any fuller. Maybe, just maybe, we can get enough done in the next 18 hours to beat back the beast of busyness and live to see another day.
It wasn't that long ago we had futurists predicting that one of the main challenges for coming generations would be too much spare time. In 1967, for example, testimony before a Senate subcommittee claimed that by 1985 the average workweek would be just 22 hours. Instead, Americans lead the industrialized world in annual work hours. Our annual hours increased from 1,716 for the average worker in 1967 to 1,878 hours in the year 2000. British workers put in an extra hour every day compared to the Germans and the Italians, but that's still almost an hour less than Americans.
It's perplexing when you think about it. Why should we Americans be so busy when we live in such luxury?
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Lord, forgive me for those times I've crammed too much into my life and schedule. Forgive me when I've made work more important than family and friends. Most of all, help me to slow down and rest daily in your presence.
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