What motivates your busyness? It’s easy to get caught in the busyness of day-to-day and get so involved doing things (even good) that you lose sight of the purpose. I can’t begin to count the amount of times I’ve crawled into bed at night and felt like I was nonstop but accomplished very little. It’s in my nature, really. I love to go go go! And I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that so long as I’m going in the right direction, intentionally.
Right now would normally be a difficult time to say I’m going in the right direction. I’m exactly where I always told myself I never wanted to be again. I’m behind every goal I thought I would accomplish by now. I’m taking longer than any peer or person my age seems to take to get where culture says I should be. Yet somehow, God has given me peace in knowing that I am exactly where I need to be, whether I want to be here or not. How could I possibly know this? Because of his continual confirmation through his word and his blessings – when I stop to notice them.
I usually listen to podcasts in the morning on the way to work and out of all the ones I remember from this week one stuck out more than the others. It was Joyce Meyer saying God never called us to be busy. Yet here we are. Busy…. busy accomplishing things, putting fires out etc. Busy doing mostly good things. But why?
Naturally, I carried on throughout the week and even the weekend continuing my busyness. So again, in God’s persistent way of doing things, he casually reminded me at church last night. My friend and I were partially joking before the service about not being as excited this time because we knew the entire night was going to be focused on raising money. Not that there is anything wrong with that but we’ve heard those types of sermons a hundred times and really weren’t expecting much. Well, we got a strong dose of a lot more than the purpose of raising money and it boiled down to the exact reason why we weren’t created to live for ourselves.
We will never be enough for us. Our schedules with professional, personal, social expectations will never be enough for us. We will never find rest seeking to accomplish our own goals for ourselves. It’s simply not in our nature. We were created by God for a purpose and that is to actually live on purpose!
We should challenge ourselves to think about why we are busy. What is so important in the things that are taking up our time? I think we could all benefit from finding out what our days are filled with and why. What is motivating you to do what you find most important to do? Is it the approval of others? Is it for a bonus? Status? If your ultimate motivation is for what you can get out of it then you will most likely experience dissatisfaction in your busyness.
The question is – what is the right motivator? To paraphrase our pastor’s wonderful sermon last night – we have to be motivated by eternity. If we’re motivated by the things this world has to offer like recognition and prizes we will never be satisfied. We will get stuck in a rat race of constant busyness! And who really wants that? Ask yourself what is motivating you to stay so busy doing whatever you’re doing, even if it’s doing nothing. Are you resting with an intention to refuel for your week? Or are you netflixing to forget what’s going on in your life? Are you serving the needy so you can post it on your social media? What is motivating you to do what you’re doing?
I’m guilty of being motivated by instant gratification and you might be too. But that can change! What do you think would happen if we learned to be intentional about our time, make a plan to spend it wisely and share it with people who need what we have? You are significant. Your time on this earth matters and can impact the world and your life in heaven.
Ironically, my devotional this morning referenced Philippians 4:6-7 and Ephesians 5:18-20! If you’ve read my post about How To Practice Living in Peace you’ll learn that I LOVE practical application. You’ll also notice I referenced Phil 4:6-7 – which makes my point of God being consistent in teaching me things through his word. He has had this verse on my heart for quite some time and I just love when he gently reminds me of what he’s told me. I’m quite stubborn so it happens often! Back to the practical application point I was trying to make… I love how these 2 verses Sarah Young referenced in my Jesus Calling this morning give us a practical application specifically from God’s word!
I hope you’ll take the time to read them and let God speak to you. If you don’t have a copy of her devotional, it is life-changing and I highly recommend it. I’ve read it for years now and unlike the horoscopes I’ve been drawn into over-analyzing, this actually speaks truth and is ALWAYS ON TIME!
18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit.Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
I’ll be the first to admit my guilt in this. The good news is, once we realize a conviction on our own lives God gives us the grace to get through it and strength to change! I love breaking down verses and learning how to apply them. Especially the next verse. See my post How To Practice Living in Peace for a breakdown of each verse.
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
I pray you have an intentional and fruitful week!