Buried By Busy: Tips On How to Have A Healthy Walk With Christ In A Crazy Busy Life
Many of us are buried alive. We are doomed or dead, and don’t even know it. Our busy lives are just empty shells and shadows of what was once a vibrant life. There is something within the American western context which encourages people to be so busy that there is little or no time for quit reflection and inward introspection.
For me, I am currently buried under a mountain of post-it notes, scraps of paper, homework, and books. I am buried by busy.
While I have always been a “busy” person, having my hands in multiple pots at church, school, work, and website, I have never before been this busy. Recently I accepted a new position teaching at a local Catholic School. What I was unaware of was how much work it would take to teach four different subjects—lesson plans, content, power-points, grading, and all the other nuances that go with teaching.
And never before has my “busy” affected my time with Christ—until now.
After a month of working my fingers to the bone, I feel dry, chapped, cracked, broken, empty, and like a shadow of my former self. My time with Christ has been remarkably diminished.
And my Bible and prayer time might best be compared to a drive by shooting. I creep up on my target, cap a couple off, and speed away. No reflection. No peace.
These changes have made me rethink my position on “busy” and our spiritual lives. It is naive to just tell people to be less busy. While that may be the solution for some, many cannot.
Yes, the guy who watches 3 hours of sports a night can easily cut from that entertainment time. What I am talking about is the single-Mom working multiple jobs to make ends meet for her kids. Or the person who workers that crazy graveyard swing-shift and gets home just in time to take care of the kids.
How can time be redeemed for the health of our souls and the sparse and sporadic moments best utilized for Christ?
Here are a few thoughts and please add your own in the comments below:
Pray, worship, or reflect while driving to and from work.
Download a Bible on your smartphone—YouVersion has saved me many a time.
Read the Bible while in the Bathroom (if you’re the reading-while-going type).
“Text Message” prayers throughout the day to praise God.
Striving for an over-all “worshipful” spirit throughout the day.
Set-up a verse of the day calendar or App on your Phone.
Go through Oswald Chambers’ My Utmost for His Highest—a short and thoughtful daily reading
Do you have any other strategies or suggestions for me and others buried by busy?
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