Souls at Risk
Theme of the Week: Taking Care of Busyness
Monday, August 25, 2014
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Key Bible Verse: We busy ourselves accomplishing nothing, piling up assets we can never keep; we can't even know who will end up with those things. (Psalm 39:6, The Voice)
Dig Deeper: Psalm 39:1-7
We have more opportunity than ever before. The ability to cheaply go anywhere is a recent development. The ability to get information from anywhere is, too. Even the ability to easily stay up past sundown is relatively new. The result, then, is simple but true: because we can do so much, we do do so much. Our lives have no limits.
As hectic and frustrating as modern life can be, the biggest dangers are not [simply tied to working long hours]. A person can do physical labor 12 hours a day, six days a week for an entire life and not suffer many ill effects. In fact, he or she may be healthier for it. But if the strain is mental—as is the case for most jobs and for most of us—the negative impact on the body can be huge. So don't ignore the physical danger of busyness. Just remember the most serious threats are spiritual. When we are crazy busy, we put our souls at risk. The challenge is not merely to make a few bad habits go away. The challenge is to not let our spiritual lives slip away. The dangers are serious, and they are growing. And few of us are as safe as we may think.
—Kevin DeYoung in Crazy Busy
My Response: In what ways do modern conveniences and current technologies improve my life? In what ways do these things complicate my life? In what ways do they actually hurt my life?
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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