BUSYNESS…can at times be good, but also it can be disruptive in numerous ways.
One definition on Dictionary.com is “lively but meaningless activity" and seems to describe much of it well. Maybe you have experienced it in your own life.
One example for me began at Highland Park Presbyterian Church. I had just witnessed the Spirit’s power of rebirth, was elected to the Board of Deacons for a 6-year term, and then to the Board of Elders for 6 more years. People kept asking me to serve in various capacities, and I kept saying yes.
So many meetings, so much spiritual burnout and dryness, so much busyness! Then one day, a word entered my vocabulary that I had not used for some time. “NO!!!”
After much prayer, I resigned from virtually everything and let God reload what was his desire for me. It was one of the most refreshing and rewarding times of my young Christian life. What freedom!!
And what it led to is even more amazing. As I was in the “coming out of my busyness,” I now had time to be alone with the Lord. Not altogether spiritually recovered but I could hear him.
Then one cold rainy early morning in 1986, he awakened me for what turned out to be a three-hour prayer and listening period. What he said, and what I heard altered the next season of my life as well as countless others. He gave me the vision for Dallas Real Estate Ministries.
What he said was, “I want to build a spiritual house in the real estate community of Dallas.” I heard it over and over. And it was quite clear; he wanted to build the spiritual house, not Bill.
Thirty-three years later, DREM.org is still growing and making disciples.
“Come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Pet. 2.4–5, ESV).
Becky, my eldest daughter, sent me this today:
If the enemy can’t get us distracted, he will just make us busy. Busy versus filled. Martha compared to Mary is a prime example in scripture. When Jesus visited their home, Martha was distracted with much serving. Mary was at Jesus’ feet listening to his teaching. Martha became upset and asked Jesus to tell Mary to help her serve.
This is Jesus’ reply: “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:41, ESV). Sometimes we get so busy doing good things, we forfeit the best. Busyness is anything that takes our eyes off God.
Think about your quiet times with the Lord, like in the morning. So many things can distract us: like the phone and emails, texts, news, worries and cares, the kids—you name it. God wants the first fruits of our day because he knows it is what we need and Who we need!
Take it from one who has failed the test many times over my lifetime: “Don’t settle for simply his good, but faithfully pursue his very best.”
And we all down deep know, HE is just that.
Today's post comes from Bill Dotson. Bill has been married to his wife Joanne for more than 60 years, and they have two daughters and five grandchildren.
Bill has also been certified as a You Can Tell It! Instructor for EvanTell and takes evangelism trips with East West Ministries to Romania, India, and Cuba.
To see more of his writing, check out any of his published books: Life Speaks to Us: Thirty Life Lessons Seen through His Creation, From Faith to Faith: Fathers, are You Absent or Abiding?, and Revival of Repentance.