A Word on Busyness from Fox Creek Christian Church

Mark Wells, lead minister from Fox Creek Christian Church, sent in this article on how busyness and idleness can be so damaging to one’s family and community:

I know that I’m not the only one that seems overwhelmed sometimes.  It seems like there are just not enough hours in the day to accomplish all that needs to be done.  We rush here and there, trying to squeeze as much into those 24 hours as we can, only to find that we’ve failed to do it all, and tomorrow has a whole new list of its own.

Dr. Bob Moorehead, former Minister of Overlake Christian Church in Seattle, Washington wrote a short piece entitled, “The Paradox of Our Time”.  In his short essay, Dr. Moorehead suggested that we are living our lives in constant inconsistency.  A variation of one of his lines says, “We have more labor-saving devices, yet we have less time.”

How true that is.  Dishwashers, washing machines, clothes dryers, microwave ovens, computers, lawn mowers, fast food drive thru-windows and all kinds of other appliances, devices, processes and gadgets were intended to be labor and time savers.  But all we’ve done with all that extra time is add more “stuff” to our lives.  We’ve failed to take full advantage of the time we’re saving and we’ve lengthened our work weeks and our work days. We’ve tried to cram in as much as possible into the time we have and we’ve shortened our recuperation.

Being a minister, I have the privilege of being a part of many people’s lives.  I am blessed to be called on to perform weddings and speak at events.  I’m honored when families ask me to deliver messages at their loved ones memorial services.  I’ve been privileged to be a part of committees, meetings, conferences, retreats and board of directors groups.  I’ve spent numerous hours working on the next sermon, the next counseling session, the next study group meeting.

But it’s all come at with some tremendous loss.  Honestly, I’ve lost count of how many family nights I’ve missed out on, how many date nights with my wife I’ve promised to reschedule, or I’ve promised to take her to a movie theater to see a new movie only to discover it stopped showing two weeks ago and we’ll have to wait until it comes out on video.  I’ve missed out on numerous fishing trips and hunting trips and backyard baseball games and driveway basketball games with my now nearly grown son.  I’ve lost out on so many opportunities to play Barbies or tea party or board games with my grown daughter.  I’ve rushed to and from ballgames, awards banquets, pageants, plays, class graduations and birthday parties.  And at times I feel like the guy on the old Dunkin’ Donuts commercials meeting myself coming and going.

Most of you know what I’m talking about because so many of us are not only burning the candle on both ends, but we are also burning it in the middle. And if you’ve ever literally tried to do that, you’ve probably gotten burnt.  That’s a good life lesson because the truth is that sometimes we are plainly and simply too busy.  From time to time we need a reminder of what Psalm 46:10 says “Be still, and know that I am God…”  That’s it, just “Be still, and know that God is God…”

Take a few minutes in each day to study on that statement.  Instead of packing the weekdays and weekends with never ending activities and events, take a few hours to sit in a worship service and, “Be still and know that God is God.”  Take a day off from running and going and doing and just “Be still, and know that God is God.”  Instead of trying to cram 6 months of “quality” family time into a one week vacation, stop a little more often and just, “Be still, and know that God is God.”

You may not feel like you’ve got the time to relax and “Be still.”  But there will be a day when you look back on your life, and you won’t say that I wish I’d worked more or I wish I’d sat in more meetings, or been a part of more committees, or I wish I’d put in more time mowing the lawn, washing the dishes or folding the laundry.  But you will look back and say, “I wish I’d just been a little more still and recognized God as God.  I wish I had worshipped Him a little more regularly, and I wish I had enjoyed my family and my life a little more.”

Now, I also want to point out that being busy isn’t always a bad thing.  An old saying that has some roots in Solomon’s Proverbs and Paul’s first letter to Timothy and his second letter to the church at Thessalonia suggests that “idle hands are the devil’s workshop.”  Paul actually warned the church at Thessalonia in 2 Thessalonians 3:11, “We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies.”

There is a danger of not busying yourself with good, honest, hard work.  When we sit around and twiddle our thumbs, we tend to get bored.  The danger with that is you have too much time on your hands to either get into other people’s business or to get into trouble.  Too often we look at the “big sins” of others such as the murderers, thieves, and sexually immoral and hold them to a higher degree.  Understandably, those types of sins are devastating to families and communities and society in general and therefore carry a heavier judicial punishment.

But there are unrepentant sins, sins that are not stopped, not confessed, and not turned over to God for forgiveness, the unrepentant “little sins” of gossip, malice, hate, envy and jealousy.  Those sins often times go hand in hand with idleness and laziness, and those unrepentant sins carry the same spiritual punishment as those perceived as the “big sins.”

Being a busybody and a gossip and envious and jealous are sins that will eat away at the soul.  Being idle begins the deterioration of love and compassion in the heart of the person that refuses to work for the Lord and to work at helping others.  Idleness and disruptiveness are not good characteristics to strive for.

It’s important for those that live in our community to be a part of what’s good about Anderson County and Lawrenceburg.  What is good about our community is that so many people are willing to be busy helping others, doing for others, and making sure that those in our community that cannot take care of themselves and cannot provide for themselves are taken care of and are provided for.

We are fortunate to have such great community leaders, civic groups, churches and parachurch organizations with people that understand idleness and disruptiveness does no one any good.  We are blessed to have men and women in our community that are dedicated and devoted to putting in the extra effort to make sure people that need their faith restored, that need to feel hope again and need to feel loved are offered those things.

Busyness AND idleness can be detrimental to the spiritual and physical health and well-being of a people.  We need to learn how to balance those two things.  We need to learn how to stay busy doing the things God has called us to do but we also need to learn how to step back for a while, take a deep breath, then “Be still and know that God is God.”

 

Written by Mark Wells, Lead Minister at Fox Creek Christian Church.mark

Mark grew up at Fox Creek and has served on staff at Fox Creek Christian Church since January of 2010. Mark graduated from Kentucky State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and is working on his Masters Degree in Theology. Mark is married to his wife, Shanda and together they have 2 children Mickenzie and Hunter. You can email Mark at Mark@foxcreekchristian.com.

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