Thursday, October 17, 2013

Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung

In his most recent book, Crazy Busy, Kevin DeYoung confesses he has a problem. It is a problem that resonates with most people. He is busy. Who isn't? I cannot believe the number of people I talk to that are very quick to tell me how busy they are. I'm sure it's true. The subtitle of his book is A (Mercifully) Short Book About A (Really) Big Problem. Because he thought it prudent keeping his book short, I will also oblige and keep this review short.

The book is fairly practical, unless you are looking for a 10-step process to remove the clutter of your life. He doesn't deal with that. He deals with heart issues that can lead us to live (sinfully) busy lives. It could be our pride, wrongful use of technology, unhealthy view of our children, lack of a Sabbath, and so on. I found these diagnostics very helpful for my life.

One thing he said that really made me stop and ponder was when he said our busyness can cover up the rot in our souls. He says,
"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. If only we could make time for an appointment" (31-32).
One thing I have noticed about my own busy schedule is that there is always time for what I want to do. There is always time for the top priorities in my life. Maybe the issue with my schedule is that I have a priority problem. That is how he ends the book. With all the things we are busy doing, let us never forget that sitting at the feet of Jesus is the one thing we must do for His worship and our refreshment. 

I will never forget one ministry token of advice I received from my former pastor. He told me he tries to never communicate to people that he is busy. Even though life may be running at full speed and he may be pulled in different directions, he didn't want to communicate that to others. He wanted them to know that there is always time to find for them. I have tried to live by that philosophy. But at some point in my life, I assume, I am going to have to draw some lines and not be afraid of saying no to people.

Do you feel you are busy? Do you feel you are getting buried under the weight of all of your commitments? Then taking a few minutes to read this very short book will probably help you. I think it will. 

I received a copy of Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung from Crossway Publishers for review.

1 comment:

  1. I don't have time to read it! ;)

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