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What are the dangers of busyness?

Psalm 39:6-7We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing. We heap up wealth, not knowing who will spend it. And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you.

A full life with no time for God is actually an empty life. Tragically, many people reach their final years and realize they wasted their time being busy for the wrong reasons. Busyness for its own sake or for the sake of money is meaningless in the face of death. A busy life of faithful, fruitful service brings blessing on this side of eternity and great reward after.

Proverbs 19:2Enthusiasm without knowledge is no good; haste makes mistakes.

Have you ever regretted trying to assemble furniture without looking at the instructions? Overconfidence always brings risk, and reckless busyness often ends up costing more time than it saves. Never confuse activity with accomplishment.

Haggai 1:9You hoped for rich harvests, but they were poor. And when you brought your harvest home, I blew it away. Why? Because my house lies in ruins, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, while all of you are busy building your own fine houses.

When the fruit of your busyness is less satisfying than you expected, consider whether God might be trying to get your attention. He knows that wealth without worship is ultimately meaningless, and it is a gracious thing when he takes away the former to strengthen the latter.

Luke 10:38-42As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed them into her home. Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught.But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.”But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Martha’s problem wasn’t that she was doing the wrong thing, but that her good work had distracted her from a better opportunity. Jesus encouraged her to see the wisdom in her sister’s apparent laziness.