Just 10 more min on this project then I’ll go to bed, just one more episode of my favorite show, a little bit more time on Facebook, just one more article in the local newspaper, as soon as I finish watching the local news…
Busyness is a plague in our country, we ALL deal with it.  we can’t escape it, it’s built right into our culture, a culture that looks down on you if you can’t prove to the world how busy you are!  When was the last time you heard someone say, “you know, I’m so relaxed and not busy these days, it’s just GREAT, I have the time I need to focus on things that are truly important and really matter to me!”
It’s very easy to get caught up in this trap, frankly it’s almost impossible not to!  Billions of dollars are spent every year in the US alone on things to make our lives more efficient, everything from pop-up email reminders, to iphones, to drive through windows!  They are all gonna save you some time so you can get MORE done.
I suppose the question shouldn’t be how do I get MORE done, but instead, are the things I’m “doing” the right things to be doing?  It should be about quality, not quantity.  As the years go by, the number of projects on my plate continues to grow, responsibilities have risen as my family has grown, my job has become more demanding, and generally “life” has become much MUCH more busy.  As that happens it becomes natural to measure by quantity instead of quality, somehow it feels “good” to tell people how busy you are, how “full” your plate is…
I would argue that God DOES call us to have full “productive” lives, He tells us in Matthew 3:10 this is important.  The difference can be subtle, but busy is not necessarily “full and productive” Your life should be full of things that will last, and stand the test of time.  How many of the things that you do each week would you say fall into the bucket something that will “stand the test of time” or “have a meaningful impact on the world we live in”.  I’m not saying that everything a person does should be “world changing” but I am saying (myself included) it’s important to evaluate our schedules, to do lists, and life priorities on a daily basis.
I know if I force myself to go through that exercise my life makes more sense, my kids work together better, all the problems I encounter are in little better perspective, frankly, I feel like my life is worth more when I force myself to take the time each to day to honestly evaluate the real value of everything I do.
Life is short, there are only so many “things” a person can do, make sure that the “things” on your list are the ones that will last, and truly matter.
I read a really awesome poem by David L. Weatherford a while back that stuck with me
Have you ever watched kids on a merry-go-round,
or listened to rain slapping the ground?
Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight,
or gazed at the sun fading into the night?
You better slow down, don’t dance so fast,
time is short, the music won’t last.
Do you run through each day on the fly,
when you ask “How are you?”, do you hear the reply?
When the day is done, do you lie in your bed,
with the next hundred chores running through your head?
You better slow down, don’t dance so fast,
time is short, the music won’t last.
Ever told your child, we’ll do it tomorrow,
and in your haste, not see his sorrow?
Ever lost touch, let a friendship die,
’cause you never had time to call and say hi?
You better slow down, don’t dance so fast,
time is short, the music won’t last.
When you run so fast to get somewhere,
you miss half the fun of getting there.
When you worry and hurry through your day,
it’s like an unopened gift thrown away.
Life isn’t a race, so take it slower,
hear the music before your song is over.
by: David L. Weatherford
-Christopher Behnke
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