The Formula for Busyness

by Hannah Wasil 

Competitions, Voids And Enjoyment

The definition of busy is “to have a great deal to do.” In our society today, every person is busy with school, work, family and etc. We often fill our lives to the brim with something to do, never taking a moment to breathe and experience the world around us.

Being busy is not a bad thing, but it can become a burdensome sin. If we are not careful, busyness can cause us more pain than joy.

There are three main reasons why people are busy:

First, being busy can be a competition.

Our conversations are frequently about how busy we are in comparison to everyone else. There is no peace and joy in trying to beat everyone else with being the “busiest”.

God calls us to work hard, but He also calls us to take time and rest in His grace and peace.

My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will never be shaken.” —Psalm 62:1-2

Instead of competing over who is busiest, we should take the time to learn more about each other and encourage each other everyday. Someday, our earthly accomplishments will not matter.

What will matter is how we lived our lives for Christ daily.

Second, we are busy to fill a void in our lives.

This could be because of loneliness, rejection or fear. However, God calls us to fill our lives with Him. He is the only one who can fully give us complete peace and joy.

You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound.” — Psalm 4:7

As the scripture points out, even after being seemingly fulfilled by things of this world, we are still lacking true joy which can only come from God himself.

Lastly, busyness can be enjoyable for some people. 

However, we need to be careful because other motives can take over and control us. Let us all be careful how we spend our time and let us remember to take time for the Father.

We all need a Sabbath, which is a day to rest and relax to be fully in the Savior’s presence.

Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” —Psalm 46:1
But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on His law he mediates day and night.”–Psalm 1:2

May we all work hard and live in peace as we take time to know our Father and King.

Remember to ask yourself this question…Are you exalting God today?