Busyness is Not a Virtue

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” -Matthew 11:28-30

Busyness is not a virtue. Often when we call somebody that we respect or admire, we’ll
usually lead off this: ‘’I know you’re busy..” That’s a statement of respect and admiration, but it should be an insult. “I know you’re busy, you’re constantly going, you’re always going. Would be possible that in the thickness and nonstop-ness of your calendar, you might be able to squeeze me in for a cup of coffee.” That should be an insult, shouldn’t it? But it’s not, it’s a compliment. Busyness is not a virtue. Many of us find this in our jobs or in our vocations: whatever it is that you do, you’re constantly out of energy and playing catch up. You never feel like you do enough or you have enough, and then you feel like the world is telling you to try harder and do more. But you do enough. You are enough. You don’t have to prove yourself to anyone.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, please help me to believe that I do enough. Help me to slow down and stop glorifying busyness.

In what ways do you think you could slow down? Are you involved in too much? Evaluate this in your life.

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