I opened up WordPress today and I realized I hadn’t written a blog post, I was going to write an apology post for my recent lack of consistency, but then I realized something. This happens to all of us. We are all so busy in today’s society, we run from event to event, from school to sports to work to church events and finally getting to bed much later than we intended. We keep going until we need to stop. We have mastered the art of multi-tasking, of doing our homework for English in math class. Or whatever else it is for you. We are ridiculously busy.
We try to do everything, and then we get too stressed to do much of anything.
I’m absolutely guilty of this. I sign up for activities knowing that I often have tons of homework to do, plus a blog to write, plus time I need to spend in my Bible, plus this and that. I am usually in such a state of stress that all I can do is waste time doing something thoughtless and meaningless, like scrolling through social media or watching endless episodes of something on Netflix. I just don’t have time for anything, but I get so overwhelmed that I spend all the time I do have on things of little to no importance.
Why do we do this? The Bible tells us to keep our hands busy and not be idle, but it also tells us to rest. The resting is the part I struggle with most. Even if I’m not doing anything important, I have this unending need to be doing something. But that isn’t what God intended for us. He intended for us to work as hard as we can, and then take a break, rest. Not scroll through social media or work on your to-do list for home instead of work or school, He intended us to rest.
And I think that in this time of year, that is supposed to be cozy and joyful, we find ourselves especially busy, and I don’t think that that is what Jesus intended for us.
Just a thought to ponder this week as you’re running through the weekly motions.