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.
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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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