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My Relentless Battle
Theme of the Week: Taking Care of Busyness
Thursday, August 28, 2014

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Key Bible Verse: Quiet down before God, be prayerful before him. Don't bother with those who climb the ladder, who elbow their way to the top. (Psalm 37:7, The Message)

Dig Deeper: Psalm 37

Since 2002 I've gotten together each fall with nine of my friends from seminary. We eat a lot, laugh a lot, and watch a lot of football. We also talk about our joys and struggles from the past 12 months. Over the years we've noticed familiar themes for each of us. We all have our besetting sins and predictable issues. Mine has been busyness. When it comes time for me to share, everyone expects to hear how I have too much to do and don't know what to cut out of my life.

While it may sound unhealthy for grown men to wrestle with the same issues year after year, the healthy sign is that we've begun to take more responsibility for our struggles. We also realize that if the same issues smack the same guys every year, then maybe the real issue is inside each of us.

What does it say about me that I'm frequently overwhelmed? What do I need to learn about myself? What biblical promises am I not believing? What divine commands am I ignoring that I should obey? What's going on in my soul, so that busyness comes out as my chief challenge every year?

—Kevin DeYoung in Crazy Busy

My Response: What questions in the last paragraph mirror my own struggles with busyness? I will personally and prayerfully grapple with those questions that are most convicting.

Thought to Apply: I can be active and pray; I can work and pray; but I cannot be busy and pray.—Eugene Peterson (pastor, scholar, 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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