When was the last time you spoke these words?
In this crazy-fast-paced world we live in, is it even possible not to be busy?
I’ve struggled with this for years. There was a season when I had to be busy. I had a full-time job to do and night classes to take and a daughter to raise—by myself.
Some of you might be in that season now. Truly, I understand.
At one point, every moment of my day was filled with responsibilities. Some of them were good responsibilities too. But my days were filled past maximum capacity, and I was crumbling, bit by bit.
That intensely hectic season eventually passed. But by that time, my frenetic pace had become a lifestyle. I didn’t know how to do life differently. So I just kept running, from one commitment to the next.
I desperately wanted to slow down. But I didn’t know how.
The only way to stop this insanity was to confront my fear. Out of fear, I tried to please everyone around me by saying “yes” to everything. Out of fear, I tried to control my life by controlling every minute of my day.
I had to let go.
So I asked God to teach me another way to live because I didn’t know any other way.
And He has been faithful.
It didn’t happen all at once though. I struggled with saying “no” to certain things, even to certain church activities. But once I tasted a free moment, I realized that my busyness was actually the thing that was imprisoning me.
Ending the cycle of busyness led to freedom—a genuine freedom to enjoy each day more fully and to love my family more deeply.
These days, my life is full, but I am learning to keep a slower pace on a simpler path. And I can honestly say . . .
I’m not busy.
Do you struggle with being busy too? You’re not alone.
Today, I’m joining Lisa-Jo, taking 5 minutes to write about “empty.”
Looking up a quote (below): 3 minutes
Writing this post: 7 minutes
Uploading photo and links: 9 minutes
Spending Fridays with you: Priceless
On the first day of this year, I shared what God is teaching me about space. It’s a lesson I continue to learn, and it’s why I am so passionate about this topic. (Hence, I’m over 5 minutes today.)
Then, just last week, I read in my new favorite devotional these words:
“It is very hard to allow emptiness to exist in our lives. Emptiness requires a willingness not to be in control, a willingness to let something new and unexpected happen. It requires trust, surrender, and openness to guidance.
God wants to dwell in our emptiness. But as long as we are afraid of God and God’s action in our lives, it is unlikely that we will offer our emptiness to God. Let’s pray that we can let go of our fear and embrace God as the source of all love.”
~ Henri Nouwen in Bread for the Journey; entry for February 28.