There is a general cry today that we need to slow down and not be so busy. There is an understanding that being busy is a distraction, that busyness takes us away from our priorities. I agree with this. But there is another side to being busy that we need to consider. Busy means being occupied; it is connected to the idea of work. Today the word has taken on a negative tone but if we are being occupied, working or being busy with the things we are supposed to be then it isn’t a bad thing at all.

I think the negative tone comes from a desire for relaxation and time out from our responsibilities and an attitude that work is a bad thing, something to be eventually out of our life. But God created us to be productive and creative. He commanded us to take dominion – which is an active thing, which will take effort, it will be work.

It is easy to get caught up with the small talk of saying we are busy – and with that comes an unspoken complaint about the things we are doing. We need to stop and think –
1. am I doing the things I’m supposed to be doing – therefore ‘busy’ isn’t a bad thing
2. am I doing extra things that are beyond what I’m supposed to be doing – therefore instead of complaining about being busy we need to drop some activities.

Being busy itself isn’t a bad thing – it is what we are busy with that chokes us up. We need to consider it a joy that we have things to do with our hands, that we have opportunities in our life to share with our children. We need to be thankful (and not complain) that we have people in our life to care for, we have a home to clean, food to cook, clothes to iron and gardens to tend to. Without these things we may not be so busy, but neither would we be blessed.

Once we’ve determined our priorities these things that we busy ourselves with are our responsibilities. Let’s not confuse God’s blessing, with a selfish desire to have time to myself for myself. If I continue to complain about being busy I am either judging myself for taking on more than I should, or I am not rejoicing in God’s plan for my life!

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