Busyness. No typo here. Not to be confused with “business”. The root here is “busy”. Is it possible to be too busy? I know I don’t want to be lazy or slothful. So, how do you know if you are too busy? I thought it best to go straight to the origin of meaning: the dictionary. Let’s see what it has to say:
actively doing something; full of activity or work; full of people or things; engaged in action (occupied)
Am I the only one who struggles with this? I think not! Why is it that we feel somehow we are a good Mom, wife, you fill in the _______ if we are constantly busy? As I’ve journaled previously, I’m the Queen of signing up for something; typically some good thing (in my eyes anyway) only to realize sometime soon after that I’ve over-committed myself. Again.
As I’ve matured over the years, I’ve come to realize that my ‘measuring stick’ for “too much” may vary greatly from your measuring stick. There are many women who run circles around me doing and accomplishing all kinds of things. Many are good, even great things. Does this make them better than me? Does this mean I’m a giant sloth?
I came to the conclusion that rather than trying to figure out what is the right amount of busy for me, or to compare myself to another, I need to go straight to the One who created me. God knows. He knows all about my personality, my temperament and what I can and cannot handle. His plan for my life and how I can best be utilized in this particular season may be different from what I think, good as my intentions may be. Perhaps He has someone else in mind for a place of service that I signed myself up for, keeping another from it.
I must realize that before I busy up my schedule, my primary ministry is my relationship with Him, then my husband, then my child. Why not consult with Him first regarding what He would have me do, saving me undo anxiety, frustration and busyness that He never intended for my life. After all, He created me and He knows best!
Now, stop comparing yourself to others and keep your eyes fixed on The Only Measuring Stick, Jesus Christ.