Tag: Busyness Toxic
Thatâ€™s why heâ€™s called the prodigalâ€”the one who was wasteful: â€œThe younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless livingâ€ (v. 13). Jesus goes on to say that this prodigal young man didnâ€™t stop until â€œhe had spent everythingâ€ (v. 14).
Staying busy has become a national obsession. We pack our calendars with appointments and entertainments, with importance and ambition, with need-to-dos and want-to-dos. Most of us carry a full load, our days filled with endless scurrying.
Do you have some truth to face? Is there something in your life that keeps you running harder and faster every year? If you feel driven by a schedule that seems to manage you instead of you managing it, could it be that you are allowing busyness to buffer you from facing some uncomfortable truth about your life or, more important, from hearing the voice of God? There are many reasons we let busyness drive our schedules, and pain is only one of them.
Why? Because, as she honestly put it, she knew that once the kids were out of the house, she would have to face the awful truth about what had happened. She recognized that normally her children and all their activities helped her avoid the ugly reality of her husbandâ€™s death and her feelings about itâ€”especially her feelings about God. She put it this way:
No wonder we donâ€™t want to stop and rest. When we rest, letting our adrenaline levels drop and our minds slow down, itâ€™s easier to hear God speak. When He speaks, there is truth. And the truth He may choose to speak about a sinful condition or a wounded heart can be extremely painful.
In the early hours of the morning, she would get up and run and run and runâ€” sometimes up to fourteen miles at a time. It was her only release from the pain of her sin. She was trying to outrun the consequences, the torturous memories, and the weight of her deceptive heart.
It was a rainy morning in Georgia when Lisa sat down next to me, her eyes averted. She stared silently out the streaming window while I waited for her to tell me what was on her mind. She had requested to speak with me after a keynote address Iâ€™d given at a conference.