As you begin a new work week, do you already have a to-do list that is a mile long. If so, the following words from Henri Nouwen may help put everything in a proper/holy perspective.
“Action, just like silence and the word, can help us to claim and celebrate our true self. But here again we need discipline, because the world in which we live says, “Do this, do that, go here, go there, meet him, meet her.” Busyness has become a sign of importance. Having much to do, many places to go, and countless people to meet gives us status and even fame. However, being busy can lead us away from our true vocation and prevent us from drinking our cup.” – From Can you Drink the Cup? By Henri J.M. Nouwen
I read these insightful words a few weeks ago, in the devotional I use early every morning.
Nouwen’s comments on unnecessary busyness helped me see that some of what I was doing wasn’t leading me towards God but in the opposite direction. I had let the busyness of life become a true burden.
No one had more demands on his time than Jesus of Nazareth. People continually wanted blessings, healings, teachings, or his company. Yet, as much as Jesus had to do, he knew there were times he needed to step away from the busyness to be alone with God. This was not easy to do but Jesus was disciplined enough to do what mattered most.
One of those necessary moments happened when Jesus was told John the Baptist had been executed.
When he learned this devastating news, Jesus knew he needed time to be alone to grieve and pray. But as he tried to be alone, a huge crowd of people needing his help, found him. Jesus spent the entire day healing their sick.
Late in the day, realizing the people were very hungry, Jesus performed the miracle of feeding the five thousand.
Scripture says, “Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” (Matthew 14:22-23)
If Jesus can find time to slow down and set aside the busyness of the day, to carve out time for God, so can we. It matters.
Prayer: Dear Gracious Heavenly God, I have a lot to do today. My schedule is overflowing, and I am very busy. Help me focus on what matters most. Give me clarity, wisdom, and peace. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Take time to set aside the busyness of today and be with God. That will put everything in its proper perspective.
I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.