Update: Busyness

Ealier, I wrote about how busyness sometimes sabotages my quiet time. Here is a great blog post by CJ Mahaney that addresses a similair issue, with great insights.

Mahaney writes:
“I forget now who first brought these points to my attention. But the realization that I could be simultaneously busy and lazy, that I could be a hectic sluggard, that my busyness was no immunity from laziness, became a life-altering and work-altering insight. What I learned is that:

  • Busyness does not mean I am diligent
  • Busyness does not mean I am faithful
  • Busyness does not mean I am fruitful

Recognizing the sin of procrastination, and broadening the definition to include busyness, has made a significant alteration in my life. The sluggard can be busy—busy neglecting the most important work, and busy knocking out a to-do list filled with tasks of secondary importance.”


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Fighting busyness that sabotages the quiet time

Why does busyness often sabotage my quiet time with my Lord? It seems that I often either I skip quiet time because of “urgent” business, or I claim a few minutes at the start of the day, and set them aside for reading, prayer, and meditation…but it fails. It feels fake, forced, lifeless. The Word doesn’t come alive, I can hardly concentrate on it. Even though I have set aside the time for God, the lengthy to-do list is still crowding my mind. And when my quiet time feels useless, it is all the harder to bring myself to do it the next day. I want to know God, to spend time with Him. I know going to His word is the only way to do that. But sometimes I come to His Word, and feel like it just isn’t working.


Sometimes I think that my struggle comes because I am sitting in my office (which is also my room), and my work surrounds me, and it crowds my mind. I am in the place of work, so my mind thinks of work. That is why I have found going outside to be very beneficial. I find it easier to focus on God when I am in a place I have designated as my meeting place for God. Jesus went to the garden to pray, Daniel went to the window, Moses went to the tent outside of camp, and I see those men as examples. Prayer can be done anywhere, because all of those men were no doubt in communion with God during the rest of the day. But when it came time to earnestly seek God in a one-on-One personal meeting, they did it alone and away from the rest of the busy world.

That model is powerful when applied to my quiet time. I have a tree picked out where I can go, sit with my Bible, and pray in quiet rest. It works as often as I do it. I’m trying to do it more…

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