The Myth of Busy

You ought to see our neighbors across the street. They are VIPs. Husband and wife are pillars not only of our community but of the area. Their children attend quality schools. We NEVER see them outside their home except to go from the front door to the car or vice versa. The husband isn’t usually in a hurry. The son is off to college so he’s rarely home. When the wife and daughter come and go, they are nearly at a dead run. They literally sprint out of the house, get in the car, start the car, hit the foot feed, and ZOOM, they are out of here in a flash! Someone mows their lawn in the summer. Someone shovels their sidewalks in the winter. They even have someone come and wipe the snow off their cars! I’ve yet to see a car starter come in the winter and start their cars for them.

The true illustration shows that it’s almost humorous how certain people are so busy that the simple things in life that you and I take for granted are given to other people to do so those certain people can waste no time running from place to place because they are busy.

Granted, there are busy people in the world. The VIPs across the street are certainly busy people. But what about pastors? We can be busy folks too. Sometimes we are not too busy. The joy of a flexible schedule means we can take time to do family things in the middle of the day. We can take a day off earlier or later in the week to accommodate family matters.

I agree with Eugene Peterson’s notion that pastors busy themselves with things they should not busy themselves. Micro-management is a dirty habit. Yes, there are those pastors who have to do other things such as be the secretary and compose bulletins, newsletters, etc. Those “busy” items sometimes push their way into what we pastors are to be about: studying the Word of God and praying.

I am not the best person in the world to talk about making time for the important things of the Ministry. I catch myself in bad habits of not praying and not reading Holy Scripture. I say I’m too busy on the Internet, reading a book, watching TV (though I don’t watch as much TV as I once did), or just doing nothing. That’s NOT being busy. Being busy is doing what I should do.

Why rush doing nothing? Make yourself take the time to stop, pray, and read. The same can be said about exercise, the other item I’m not the world’s best person for advice.

BTW: Full disclosure. Our sidewalks are usually cleared in the winter by a trustee, though we sometimes do it ourselves for the exercise. Our lawn is mowed by a trustee too! We clean our own cars of snow each winter!

I guess I shouldn’t mock our neighbors, should I?

-KT

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