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Sunday, July 19, 2009

We live in a busy world, don't we? Busyness hasn't just become a way of life but something to aspire to.

"How are things going?" I hear someone ask a friend.

"Been busy. Worked 73 hours last week and 75 the week before that," Friend says, wearing his busyness like a badge of honor.

Smell the Roses is out and Early Bird Gets the Worm is in. We complain about it, stress about it, and brag about it. Still our busy schedules hold us hostage and we feel the need to tell everyone just how busy we are, passing on to them the notion that if their wheel isn't spinning crazily out of control (Look ma, no hands!) they're just not as successful, needed, or important.

Even Sunday isn't sacred anymore. It's a catch-up day for laundry, lawn maintenance, or errands that we couldn't quite cram into our week. Come on, people, even God took a break on day 7.

We can't even take a nap without justifying it with the title Power Nap. As if a nap in itself is a waste of time but for the added productivity afterward.

And hey, I'm speaking to myself here, but cutting back the schedule starts with a 2-letter word. NO. No, you can't play basketball and soccer. No, I can't make 4 dozen cookies for the PTL fundraiser. No, I'm sorry but I can't teach your 5th grader to write a novel.

I guess it all begins with priorities, but that's another blog.
Denise Hunter  
posted at 10:40 PM  
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At 8:29 AM, Blogger Never2manybooks said...

It seems that busyness has become the new status symbol. I fight against it but find that it is expected by bosses, and even our churches at times. I am not sure this is what God intended for us. But just how do we change it?

At 12:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guard Sundays like a lioness guarding her young....Otherwise, I might go bonkers.

I will try and cram everything I need to do on Saturday, just to save Sunday.

It's a time for fun with my hubby, meeting with my accountabilty group of ladies, and relaxation. It also includes writing (which I don't see as work at all) and movie watching. I just don't feel like I have a good Monday if I don't get that Sunday time to relax.

Great post.

At 2:37 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

I find if I don't take the time to quiet my mind, I don't get anything done. I think God makes us with that need for rest for a reason. I'm always trying to be "present" now, that's my new thing. LOL

At 4:33 PM, Blogger Leticia said...

And this is why, much to my hubby's chagrin, that I REFUSE to work full-time. I am not going to kill myself and neglect my children for an extra few dollars, granted it would help, but in the long run, I feel that my health and children are more important to me.

And most importantly I HAVE to make time for my Lord. That is not an option.

God did not intend for us to kill ourselves through work.

At 4:46 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

Good for all of you for guarding your time. I always say, if you don't, no one else will, and that's a fact!

At 9:51 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

What a GREAT blog, D!!! And sooo true. I'm hoping for a little laid back time this week. I hate busyness!


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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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