Wednesday, June 27, 2012

I'm Too Busy To ___________.

The past several weeks have been really busy for me and my family. We have had people staying at our house 16 of the last 20 days. We have had an associate pastor candidate come spend the weekend with us as he checked out our church and we checked him out. We are in the middle of VBS week (which my wife leads). On top of all of that, we have had baseball almost every night of the week and on Saturdays. It has been a really crazy season of our life.

The busyness of my schedule can sometimes be overwhelming. As a Christian, it has made me think recently as to what gives when my schedule gets busy. What am I too busy to do? Or how would I finish this sentence, "I'm too busy to ____________." Here are some options of things that sometimes go by the wayside when my schedule get too busy. Maybe these are some of yours as well.

I'm too busy to read my Bible and pray.
I cannot tell you how many times I have heard this from different people. I cannot tell you how many times I have thought this myself. In the midst of a really busy season, it is so easy to let personal Bible study and prayer slip off the radar. I know I have heard this many times by many people. I have asked them how their time in the Word has been and they respond, "Oh, I've just been so busy, I haven't had time to read the Bible." Or sometimes people claim that they have no time to get up early in the morning to spend time praying to their heavenly Father that they claim they love. Martin Luther once said,
"If I fail to spend two hours in prayer each morning, the devil gets the victory through the day. I have so much business I cannot get on without spending three hours daily in prayer."
Can you imagine what it would be like if your schedule was so busy one day that you forced yourself to get up an hour earlier so you could spend more time in prayer? This is what energizes your soul. I would argue that you are too busy to NOT spend time reading your Bible and praying. You need that more than anything else.

I'm too busy to go to church.
At some points in our lives, we feel like we just need a day off. I'm not saying that vacations are bad (I'm actually looking forward to one in a few weeks). What I am saying is that there is an attitude that church is optional and if things are really busy, I will just take the week off. After all, it might be the only off day that you have.

I'm too busy to share the gospel.
I think it is possible that we become so consumed with so many things that we often forget the main thing. We are here to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to people. I have been convicted in my life that often times, my busyness, which I say is relationship building, never leads to gospel conversations. It just leads to baseball conversations. Building conversations. But not Jesus conversations. When confronted with that, the temptation for me is to think that I will get to it when there is time. I'm too busy right now to engage in full conversations.

There are many other things that I have thought and have heard from others. What are you too busy to do? For me? I think this past week finally caught up to me. I think I have been too busy to write good engaging blog posts. I'm sure you will forgive me in that one, won't you? But I will never be too busy to spend time with those from my church. I will never tell someone that I am too busy to minister the gospel to them. I hope I am never too busy to read the Bible or pray.

Maybe you are busy as well. Maybe more so. I hope during this busy season of your life that you might find yourself in that you would use this time as an evaluation tool. Your busyness is like a mirror that reflects what is really important to your heart. I think if you look close enough, it will point out to you your view of God and idols.

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