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Busyness Is a Killjoy
Theme of the Week: Taking Care of Busyness
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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Key Bible Verse: "I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!" (John 15:11)

Dig Deeper: John 15:1-11

As Christians, our lives should be marked by joy (Phil. 4:4), taste like joy (Gal. 5:22), and be filled with the fullness of joy (today's Key Bible Verse). Busyness attacks all of that. When our lives are frantic and frenzied, we are more prone to anxiety, resentment, impatience, and irritability.

Obviously, we all have weeks and months where everything that can go wrong does go wrong. In those seasons we have to fight hard for joy in the midst of busyness. But few of us will fight right now for next week's joy by tackling the unnecessary habits of busyness that make most weeks an unhappy hassle.

Most of us fall into a predictable pattern. We start to get overwhelmed by one or two big projects. Then we feel crushed by the daily grind. Then we despair of ever feeling at peace again and swear that something has to change. Then two weeks later life is more bearable, and we forget about our oath until the cycle starts all over again. What we don't realize is that all the while we've been a joyless wretch, snapping like a turtle and as personally engaging as a cat. When busyness goes after joy, it goes after everyone's joy.

—Kevin DeYoung in Crazy Busy

My Response: Am I currently experiencing any of the symptoms of busyness ("anxiety, resentment, impatience, and irritability")?

Thought to Apply: If [our Adversary] can keep us engaged in "muchness" and "manyness," he will be satisfied.—Richard Foster (theologian, writer)

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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Gabriel Reyes

August 27, 2014  9:06pm

Today's topic hits me in a bit of a "weird" way. I have been in a situation now for about 2 years where I am not overwhelmed by busyness but in a depression that continues to go deeper and deeper into my soul. I have been dealing with several health issues that have left me qualified as "disabled". I have no work skills, no college degree, but I do have a heart that longs to see God glorified and His word spread around this world. I pray constantly asking God to shed some light into my life and to give me that "jump start" into whatever He has planned for me, yet nothing seems to happen. What should I do?

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Dean Shackles

August 27, 2014  10:49am

I agree with Joseph. Being busy, especially in today's society is a good thing as long as our busyness starts with God, we have Him in our hearts, and we end the day with Him. When our busyness takes us away from God then the enemy sees a door that he can put his foot in. This week's devotionals are awesome and will be very useful for my small group.

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Curt Schleicher

August 27, 2014  9:50am

Not usually in these days of retirement. We just moved to a new community. So it's just getting started in a daily routine that's enough of a plan for me. i'm attempting to get 'plugged in' to where i would be the most productive, and some weeks are better than others.

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Russ Shiplet

August 27, 2014  7:18am

I've always struggled with taking on too much. I've often wondered if I volunteered to do other things because I wasn't satisfied with a simple life. The reality for me is that I feel driven by the hand of God to do all that I do day-to-day. Work, serving on boards and committees, coaching high school athletics...each for me is another opportunity to serve the Lord in several capacities all at once. As I get older I notice myself slowing down and lacking the energy I used to have, but my mind is still young and I still fill joy in my life in all the responsibilities that I'm entrusted with.

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ANTHONY Swaggerty

August 27, 2014  6:17am

The word strikes home for me, as I have those challenges in my life and I definitely have the symptoms written in todays Word. Thanks M.O.I. for sharing as this is a re-read for me. The advice is well received. The (adversary) will not win. Thanks for opening my eyes to the variable at play. Lord thanks for the many blessings of words to learn how to get along in life and do your will. Amen. Anthony

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