Published by Jason Taylor on Wed, 26 Jul 2017 07:00

Like many of you, it would be very easy to answer the question, “How are you?” with, “I’m good thanks, but busy!”. I’m sure I do it more than I should but I actually make a concerted effort not to most of the time; why? because everyone is busy and I’m not a special case.

Busyness has become something of an idol. Somehow, even in Christian circles, being busy is the hallmark of somebody doing really well. After all, if you weren’t successful you wouldn’t be busy, right? I’m currently re-reading Luke’s Gospel and have been struck again by the number of times it says something to the effect of, “Jesus withdrew alone to a solitary place”. In between these times he’s busy healing people, raising the dead and teaching people about the Kingdom of God but always it comes back to his taking some time out.

If we just keep on and on working we may well earn the approval and admiration of colleagues and friends but we will also eventually burn out or become unwell. Lets take a cue from Jesus this summer and make time to go somewhere quiet and to ask the Lord to refresh us again so that we can eventually go back to the busyness full of the Holy Spirit and with fresh energy. 

Below is a rewriting of Psalm 23 that may help you gain perspective on your busyness:

The Lord is my pacesetter, I need not rush,
He makes me stop and rest for quiet intervals.
He provides me with images of stillness, which restore my serenity.
He leads me in ways of efficiency through calmness of mind.
His guidance is peace.
Even though I have a great deal of things to accomplish each day, I will not fret.
For his presence is here, his timelessness, his importance will keep me in balance.
He prepares refreshment and renewal in the midst of activity
By anointing my head with oils of tranquillity.
My cup of joyous energy overflows.
Such harmony and effectiveness shall be the fruit of my hours,
For I shall walk in the peace of the Lord
And dwell in his company for ever. Amen
Have a great summer but remember to stop now and then and just ‘be’!

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