Out of Control: Time Devotion 3

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Crazy Busy

A book that I’ve found very helpful, and honest in dealing with hectic life and schedules is Crazy Busy by Kevin Deyoung.  In the book the author shares 3 Dangers to avoid in busyness.

  1. The first danger is that busyness can ruin our joy. This is the most immediate and obvious spiritual threat. As Christians, our lives should be marked by joy (Phil. 4:4), taste like joy (Gal. 5:22), and be filled with the fullness of joy (John 15:11). Busyness attacks all of that. One study found that commuters experience greater levels of stress than fighter pilots and riot police. That’s what we’re facing. When our lives are frantic and frenzied, we are more prone to anxiety, resentment, impatience, and irritability.
  2. The second danger is that busyness can rob our hearts.  (Read Mark 4.1-20).  Focus on Mark 4.18-19

    [18] And others are the ones sown among thorns. They are those who hear the word, [19] but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.
    (Mark 4:18-19 ESV)

    Jesus lays out two very specific thorns that can rob our hearts: 1) Cares of this world. 2) Deceitfulness of riches.  Be honest…how much of your busyness is related to cares of the temporal world v. cares of the eternal one?  How much of your busyness is due to the pursuit of riches and wealth?

  3. The third danger is that busyness can cover up the rot in our souls. The hectic pace of life can make us physically and spiritually sick. That’s not likely a surprise to you. What we may not recognize is that our crazy schedules are often signals that the sickness has already set in.
    Busyness does not mean you are a faithful or fruitful Christian. It only means you are busy, just like everyone else. And like everyone else, your joy, your heart, and your soul are in danger. We need the Word of God to set us free. We need biblical wisdom to set us straight. What we need is the Great Physician to heal our overscheduled souls. If only we could make time for an appointment.

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