I am not busy.
I am not sure when it started exactly, but it was sometime around the time I got married. I started working, doing, trying to accomplish all the time. I went from not being a reader, to reading non stop. I went from hardly ever caring for my home, to looking for more things to do around the house. From being a fairly hard working pastor, to trying to be Super Pastor. This didn't all happen overnight but it did happen. For 15 years I was busy. And I was not made better by my busyness. Jesus has tried to slow me down the last year. I am not busy is something he is teaching me to say, and live. Pastors are sometimes called lazy, cause they only work one day a week (we pastors love that joke) so I guess I was trying to overcompensate. Now, I do not want to be lazy, I do not have that problem, but I do not want to be a busy person.
I do not have too much to do.
I will die with things on my to do list. So I do not worry about my to do list as much as I use to. Over that becoming busy 15 year period I became a to do list. The past 6 months, I don't even make a to do list any more. I threw my to do list away. I have read all the books about Getting Things Done, including Getting Things Done, but they always made me feel like I had too much to do. They never made me feel like I was accomplishing things. Now I prioritize, to the best of my ability. I do the things I have to do and the things I want to do, by God's leading and grace, and I threw my to do list away. Don't get my wrong I am still very organized, but now I do not have too much to do.
I have things I want to accomplish, but if I don't get them done, it is not the end of the world and there is always tomorrow.
Man do I have things I want to accomplish. Some of them I do, many I do not. But the sun still comes up. I want to read a book a week, sometimes I do, sometimes I don't and the sun still comes up. I want to do things with my wife and daughter, sometimes I succeed, sometimes not so much, but the sun still comes up. I want Living Hope to grow, so I reach out, sometimes well, sometimes not for many days, but the sun still comes up.
I am not busy, by God's grace I will not allow myself to be.
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