Wednesday, August 01, 2007

too busy for God?

I have had a pretty relaxing and uneventful week thus far. My 3 older girls are gone to camp, and my husband is gone until Thursday out of town as well. So, it's just me and Em for a whole week.

I realized life isn't as busy with all those people and schedules around. More people in my home seems to = more activity. And more activity = busyness. It's logical of course. Makes perfect sense.

I read this article today. If you don't have time to read it, that's okay. I'll just tell you what it says.

Out of 22,009 Christians surveyed aged 15-88 spanning 139 countries, more than 4 in 10 Christians say they "often" or "alway" rush from task-to-task in life.

Busyness was the distraction from God found worldwide.

"Professionals whose busyness interferes with developing their relationship with God include lawyers (72 per cent), managers (67 per cent), nurses (66 per cent), pastors (65 per cent), teachers (64 per cent), salespeople (61 per cent), business owners (61 per cent), and housewives (57 per cent)."

Dr. Michael Zigarelli, a professor at a Charleston school of Business conducted the study and he suggests it is a cyclical cycle... you get busy, you get overloaded, God becomes more marginalized in your life, your relationship with the Almighty suffers, thus you become even more affected by your cultures ideas of busy life which leads to more conformity and busyness and overload.... and the cycle begins again.

Psalm 39:6 in the NLT says "All our busy rushing ends in nothing".

I'm mindful of this as we enter into August. School is just around the corner, as is fall calendars and a whirlwind of activity. I want my days to matter for God. All of them.

1 comment:

Judy said...

WOW. Thank you for the thought provoking info. The scripture reference speaks it clearly as well.