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The Beast of Busyness
Theme of the Week: Taking Care of Busyness
Sunday, August 24, 2014

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Who Said It … Kevin DeYoung

Kevin DeYoung is senior pastor of University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan. He blogs regularly at 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?

Key Study Passage: Luke 10:38-42

Adapted from Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung (Crossway, 2013) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.

Prayer for the Week
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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Dean Shackles

August 26, 2014  11:24am

I recently retired from the Army after 30 years of service. In this past month and a half I have realized how "busy" I have been and how I have allowed that business to effect my daily walk with The Lord. I was Martha for sure. It is much clearer now and I no longer rush through my mornings before work. I stop and talk and listen to The Lord before work. It may have taken 30 years but at least I have been able to take on a "Mary" approach.

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August 24, 2014  10:33am

In Martha's time, it was considered an obligation to serve a meal to a guest, and she did what she thought was her obligation. Mary sensed that being with Jesus was more important. Today we have many "obligations," our employment, our "essential" amusements, family, etc. and feel that it takes all day, every day to meet these requirements. We need to understand that our main "obligation" -- hearing and following Jesus -- is our first priority, as Mary did.

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