Are You Busy
by Gloria Laroza T.
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Are You Busy?
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” ( Matthew 6:33 NASB).
Are you squeezing so much into one day, running from one activity to another? I don’t know about you, but almost everyday I face endless parade of demands. I’m usually too busy, that one day I just promised myself that if I have to say “yes” to something, I need to be saying “no” to something else. It’s a matter of choosing what’s important. I don’t have to cook everyday. My family can survive with left-over foods. I don’t have to do my laundry everyday. I can delegate that task to my children and husband. I can say “no” when my work ask me to do overtime. Money isn’t everything.
I learned that busyness can ravage the soul as thoroughly as idleness can. Being busy doesn’t make us feel important or indispensable. You may say, “But Jesus was busy too –even busy to eat at one occasion. (Mark 3:2 ) But He always find the time for God. The lesson I learned from His example is that when our busyness is God-oriented, then that’s when we find the joy in serving. Whatever we do, do it all for the glory of God.
When we don’t become too fragmented or busy to maintain our relationship to the Lord, spend precious time with our family, or make a difference for Christ, our Lord will bless our efforts.
May we all pray that we will learn to choose what’s most important – God first, family second, then others. We must not also forget that we need to take care of ourselves. Take sometime to reflect. Is your busyness worth it?
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Excellent well written Inspirational writing Gloria, Amen Let us keep God first in our Heart's and in our lives and every one and every thing falls into its proper place. For we have been created to be Loved by God and to Love and Worship Him and to Serve Him and share His Love with Others! With Jesus Love, your Sister Dee:) "Numbers 6:24,25,26"
Amen, beloved sister. Idleness can also be quite destructive. Therefore, we must seek the Lord for balance between the two... finding middle ground between being overly busy and being idle. It can be so difficult, but praise the Lord, nothing is impossible with Him. His arm isn't too short and He is more than willing to help us if we will but ask.
Busyness is a big one, so much that I felt compelled to write on the same subject. I enjoyed your article very much. Your words could remind us daily of what is important and what is not. I have learned to say “no” to everything, just to give me time to pray. It’s amazing how grateful people (especially children) are to hear a “yes” after the “no”, but how unwelcome a “no” is after a “yes” Thank you so much for reading my article and thank you for your comment.
Wow! So well written and right to the point. ("Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all of these things shall be added to you.') I also loved your question, "Is your busyness worth it?" That gives us all plenty to think about! Love, Sharon
"I learned that busyness can ravage the soul as thoroughly as idleness can." That's a big Amen. We miss so much rushing around. Thank you for the excellent reminder, Gloria. You are loved,Mitzi
AMEN and AMEN, Gloria! I loved this statement: "...when our busyness is God-oriented, then that’s when we find the joy in serving. Whatever we do, do it all for the glory of God." When we do this, we find such peace! When we release our own goals, God can work in our lives to bring about His purpose. And when we 'let go and let God' a huge weight is lifted and replaced by God's arms around us, lifting us up! Thank you, Gloria... your words are ones we need to read - often! Love, Peggy