I have fallen into the trap of answering a friend when they ask me, “whatcha up to?” with the very cliché ‘busy, busy, busy’. This answer tells them nothing, and it muddies up our own head to the value of what we are actually doing.
- Shutting people out: When we give this answer we are saying nothing about what fills our days, and when we don’t share our lives with people, they don’t get to know us. As Christians, when we don’t talk about the stuff that fills our days we are limiting how much a brother/sister can support us in practical ways, or pray for us.
- Reducing the value: We tend to say ‘busy, busy, busy’ with a disparaging tone – as if it is just clutter in our life, as if we are being swept along, and as if we wish it was otherwise. And maybe we do…
Busy isn’t a dirty word. Being overly busy, being busy with the wrong things now that is a completely different situation. Busy is a good thing – we are to fill our days with productivity. So when we say we are busy – are we being glib with our relationships, are we busy with stuff we shouldn’t be, or are we truly busy with good stuff and yet not appreciating the value of what we are doing?
This last month has been busy. I have said to those who asked “too busy!” but really when I look at the activities that have filled our days – they have been worthwhile activities, they have been good activities, they have been the right activities for this season of our life. Yes busy – as in full days – but full of value as well.