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Theme of the Week: Taking Care of Busyness
Friday, August 29, 2014

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Key Bible Verses: [Martha] had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his message. By contrast, Martha was preoccupied with getting everything ready for their meal. (Luke 10:39-40, CEB)

Dig Deeper: Luke 10:38-42

When someone asks me how I'm doing, my response always includes the word "busy." I can think of several moments in just the past couple of months when I've complained about my schedule. I've put in slipshod work because there wasn't enough time for any other kind. I've missed too many quiet times and been too impatient with my kids. I've taken my wife for granted and fed important relationships with leftovers. I've been too busy to pursue God with my whole heart, soul, mind, and strength.

In other words, I've likely been just like you.

The presence of extreme busyness in our lives may point to deeper problems—a pervasive people-pleasing, a restless ambition, a malaise of meaninglessness. The greatest danger with busyness is that there may be greater dangers you never have time to consider.

Busyness does not mean you are a faithful or fruitful Christian. It only means you are busy, just like everyone else. And like everyone else, your joy, your heart, and your soul are in danger. We need the Word of God to set us free. We need biblical wisdom to set us straight. What we need is the Great Physician to heal our overscheduled souls.

—Kevin DeYoung in Crazy Busy

My Response: How is my busy schedule affecting my relationships? How is it impacting my spiritual life?

Thought to Apply: Whenever there is stillness there is the still small voice, God's speaking from the whirlwind.—Annie Dillard (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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