Or maybe something like this…
“How are you?”
“I’m running around like a chicken with my head cut off.”
As much as we like to complain about it, we tend to wear busyness as a badge of honor. In some ways, we have become consumed with busyness. We fill our plates with unmanageable and impossible-to-accomplish to-do lists while unaware the impact this busyness has on our lives and relationships with others and God.
As was discovered in part 3 (Slow it Down) of CCC’s Keep Going series, if we wanna keep going, we must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from our lives. A healthy rhythm of responsibility and rest was a pattern (and command) God established, Jesus implemented and encouraged his followers to embrace.
Take a few minutes to read God’s pattern in Genesis 2:1-3 and consider the following questions about ruthlessly eliminating hurry from your life.
- When is a time you felt you did not have enough time to get everything done?
- When you are not rested, do you find it more or less difficult to experience joy and love those around you?
- How does a feeling of never being finished with what needs to be done impact you being able to rest?
- In what ways do you celebrate when you reach the completion of a project?
- When you complete a project, do you build in a time to rest before taking on the next thing? How might doing this be a healthy step?
- How does God taking the step to rest after finishing creation impact your thoughts about rest?
- What do you think it means that God “blessed” (to the good) the seventh day?
- What are some tangible ways a day of rest each week is a healthy rhythm?
- What do you think it means that God made the seventh day “holy” (set apart)?
- Do you think this day of rest is a specific day or a practice to be implemented? In what ways is a specific day approach challenging?
- What are some practical ways you can build a rhythm of rest into the responsibilities you carry?
- What next steps will you take to slow it down?
We may wear busyness as a badge of honor, but the toll it takes on our lives and relationship with others and God isn’t worth it. We can become unhurried people. We can experience a greater level of joy when we slow it down. We can increase our ability to love those around us when we slow it down. One of the wisest steps we can take in life is to establish a healthy rhythm of responsibility and rest – maybe even making rest a responsibility.
Today is Monday – make it a day that you slow it down and ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life.