More from Ann Stewart
It seems to me that whenever someone is asked how they are these days the word "busy" appears somewhere in the answer. Being busy seems like something to be valued, and if you’re not busy then you might wonder what is lacking in your life. If I’m not "busy" I can find myself feeling guilty. I wonder if our hectic society has made an idol of busyness.
Jesus was always about his Father’s business, and I sometimes wonder if I’m following that example or whether the hours and moments of my days are so filled with activity that I don’t find time for the really important things that God created me to do. Are we too busy with very good and worthwhile things to spend quality time with God in prayer? Are we too busy to stop and really listen to a friend or to play with a child? Too busy to enjoy the beauty around us, to sit and rest, to complete tasks without rush, to sleep well at night without a mind that finds it hard to rest? Do we find the interruptions that are part of life a bother or an opportunity to meet a need? Are we realistic in our expectations of what we can achieve in one day? Do we find ourselves rushing from one activity to another and finding life hectic so that at the end of the day we are exhausted? There are times and seasons when we need to be busier than others; however, these are questions I’ve needed to ask myself this year as I’ve re-evaluated my priorities in the season of life I’m in.
I think our enemy is very happy when we are too busy and we believe the lie that we need to be doing something to be of value. He loves to see us leading frantic lives with no space for God. He loves to hear us say "yes" to every good task we are asked to do because then we can become overloaded with good deeds and have no time left for relationships. We are created for relationships – relationships with our loving God and with other people.
I’ve needed to make some adjustments to how I spend my time and become better at saying "no." Getting better at "being" is a challenge for me because I’m a practical person and love to be involved in everything. However, I am getting better.
The years of Jesus’ earthly ministry that we read about in the Bible were very full and productive. However, he found time to consult with his Father, to be interrupted by needs, to sit with children, to laugh and visit with friends. I can’t imagine Jesus rushing and telling his disciples to get a move on and not waste time! He was tired; he was human. But Jesus was in tune with God and filled with peace and a calmness of the Holy Spirit. My desire is to be more like Jesus and continue to use the trees in front of my house (pictured above) to remind me of these truths. I’d love to hear how you manage to live a balanced life and if you have anything like my trees as a reminder of what is really important in life.
- Ann Stewart