“I’m busy.” Yep, that’s my most used phrase when I’m asked how I’m doing at any given time. I have different forms of the phrase too….like “I’m SO busy” or “crazy busy,” but the truth is often I’m simply TOO BUSY.
Maybe that’s you as well. My hunch is most of us are living life like hamsters running on wheels. We’re expending lots of energy and time, but we’re not really going anywhere. While it can be funny and cute to watch our furry little friends play in a pet store, it’s not so funny when it’s an accurate description of our lives.
In the New Testament book of Ephesians, the Apostle Paul gives us a group of verses that have helped me harness the busyness in my life and I hope they will for you.
"See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is." Ephesians 5:15-17
First, Paul warns us that we need to be careful how we live our lives. Unfortunately, many of us are living life without much care at all. We add to our already over-packed schedules with little thought. We allow life to simply happen to us rather than harnessing it’s vast potential and opportunity. Life is fragile…we must handle it with care.
He then calls us to a life of wisdom. There is difference between intelligence and wisdom. I know lots of smart people who aren’t exactly wise. If someone claims to be wise, take a look at their decisions. Wisdom leads to good decisions. Paul raises the bar on how we live and make decisions. We must be wise because it will lead us to carefully develop margin in our lives rather than packing them so tightly we can’t breathe.
Finally, the Apostle teaches us to “redeem” our time and do God’s will. This is the opposite of carelessly burning our time like a trash pile in a field. Our time is limited and none of us know just how much we have. Every minute we live is an opportunity given to us by our Creator. The sobering truth about time is that it has a no refund policy. You can’t redo your life. Once time is gone, it’s gone forever. This is why, through the pages of scripture and the pen of Paul, God lovingly speaks to us with this reminder. Use your time wisely.
I’m a busy guy leading a fast growing multi campus church, preaching six times a week, and most importantly being husband and daddy to an amazing family. I…..am……busy. However, I choose not to be a busy body. I don’t have to be unwise and foolish. God has called me to stop trying to do everything so I can do SOME things well.
I have a few crucial things I’m called to accomplish in my life, and with God’s help I want to see it happen. What about you? Are you just TOO BUSY? Do you have any margin in your life? Read these words in Ephesians and know that God has a plan for your life. Ask Him to show you. When you know the things He wants you to major on, the other stuff will end up where it should be…..in the minors. If you’ll stop trying to do everything, you can do just about anything.
Chris Bell is a coach for couragetolead.com, and Lead Pastor of 3Circle Church in Alabama. Chris has been featured in Outreach Magazine and 3Circle Church was named one of the fastest growing churches in America and the 2nd fastest growing church in Alabama. 3Circle Church is a 5 campus multi-site church with over 3100 weekly attendance. He is married to Nan, and has three children.