Pay careful attention, then, to how you walk—not as unwise people but as wise—making the most of the time. (Ephesians 5:15-16a)
When have you felt overwhelmed or busier than you like to be?
Do you see yourself more as a victim of busyness or a creator of it?
How purposeful do you believe your busyness generally is?
It used to be that when someone asked how you were doing, the most common response would be “Fine.” Nowadays, it’s most common to hear another response: “Busy!” As odd as it sounds, we can nearly become bored with busyness. It becomes our norm, and we get overwhelmed. No matter what we accomplish, it seems several more things wait for our attention. Plain and simple, we are busy people.
When we follow what God wants from us, and busyness results for a season, we need to embrace it and trust God to carry us through. But we can’t begin to let busyness become a badge of honor, even for God. We can’t assume that if we’re not busy, we’re not about God’s work. We can’t compare ourselves to others and declare they are better or worse than us because of their busyness or restfulness. Being still is as much about God’s business than activity for Him. “For Him” is the key. Just because you can attach His name to something doesn’t make it His will for you right now. Everything that He would call “good” isn’t equal to everything you should be doing. We find it fairly easy to determine what is good and what is bad. We struggle a bit more sifting through all the good to discern what is good and what is best.
For one full minute, list everything you think you must, should, or could do today. Be honest with your expectations. You might list tasks, as well as disciplines, attitudes, and more. After a minute of listing, spend at least one more minute in prayer over the list. Commit to giving each and every item on the list to Him. Let Him filter and prioritize. When you are done praying, revisit your list. Cross off what He guides you to set aside. It doesn’t mean those things are unimportant; they simply aren’t what He wants you to focus on today. Circle the things you know are a priority for Him. Focus primarily on those things today.