The Cost of “Busy”

Posted on: October 10, 2018


Isn’t time management one of the first things that you must learn as you enter adulthood? The surest sign that carefree childhood days of minimal responsibility are over? Hello adulthood… goodbye free time!

A few months ago we talked on the blog about how to  “Avoid Ministry Burnout” and shared some helpful tips to stay healthy mentally and physically as you serve God wholeheartedly!

Ministry burnout is a very real thing. In fact, the article we wrote about it is still one of our most-visited posts. That speaks to the culture we live in and the heavy demands we all feel!

It is not just life in ministry, but our culture as a whole that is marked by the pressure to stay busy… to say “yes”. To always accept the phone call, the meeting, the ministry opportunity. Busy, busy, busy. Go, go, go.

But what does GOD say about our time?

It is precious and fleeting, and He calls us to use it wisely.

“So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12

“Therefore, consider carefully how you live, not as unwise but as wise.” Ephesians 5:15

“Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” James 4:14

Being on mission for the Kingdom inevitably includes wise use of your time, because it means that you know what you have been called to do, and you are faithfully following God’s leading to stay on mission for Him! This can be especially challenging for the servant-hearted among us, always wanting to step in when you see a need! Or, for those of us wanting to “do it all.”

Louie Giglio has a wonderfully wise perspective on the gravity of time management.

When you say “Yes” to something, you are saying “No” to something else. It’s that simple!

So, what are you sacrificing with your “Yes”?

Is it sleep? Or maybe it’s your time alone with God? Quality time with loved ones? Your overall health? The list goes on. It’s valuable to consider what you are sacrificing when you find yourself stretched too thin.

Perhaps this will require a healthy re-evaluation of what your God-given priorities are. What has God given you to steward? Be faithful to what He shows you, revisit those priorities often, and be very (graciously!) protective and careful of saying “Yes” to anything that would take away from that.

So, what are you saying “Yes” to? What is “Busy” costing you?


Amanda Rappe 

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