Busy Busy Bees

18 April 2017 Written by  Jonathan Lane
    A topic that keeps resurfacing in my life is busyness. I have a busy occupation by nature. Often times I stop and ask myself, “Is this thing that I’m doing right now matter?” What I mean by that is “Is this thing I’m doing going to help achieve something that will impact other people’s lives or my own life?” Perhaps I need to shift my focus a bit and ask myself the same question with a different end.  “Does this thing I’m doing right now line up with God’s will?”



    It seems that these days, with technology and connectivity, we are all very busy people. We are more connected than ever in the history of the world. We can be reached anytime and at anyplace we are. I’m not so sure it’s a good thing either.



    I recently read a post on social media that inspired this blog post. I am probably not quoting it properly or accurately, but I have the gist of it down.  It said something like this, “When you are gone from your job, they will miss you for a day or so and then they will move on. However, when you are gone from this world, your family will cry over you and miss you every day for the rest of their lives. To your job, you are a means to an end in the world, but to your family you are their world.”  



    What it was getting at is that we should not make work a priority over spending time with our family. Yes, we have to work and make money to pay the bills. Yes, we should put our all into our job and do it as unto the Messiah. However, we should not let our job be our reason for being. We should not let it take away valuable time with our loved ones.



    Life is short. It is. When I was little, time seemed to drag on and from time to time I could have promised you that time stood still. However, as life beats on, time seems to fly by. Each tick of the clock seems to go faster and faster. Life really is very short. All that to say, what we fill each second with is extremely important.



“My heart was hot within me, while I was musing, the fire burned. Then I spoke with my tongue:  ‘Let me know, Adonai, my end and what the number of my days is. Let me know how short-lived I am.’” – Psalm 39:4 & 5 TLV



“So pay close attention to how you walk – not as unwise people but as wise. Make the most of your time because the days are evil. For this reason do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” – Ephesians 15-17 TLV



    We have often heard the phrase, “God doesn’t promise you tomorrow.” However, this phrase is not found in the Bible. The idea of it is there for sure. There are multiple places where Scripture tells us that life is short and we should make the most of each day because we don’t know when our last day will be. So, what are you doing with your “today”?



    We are all very busy. From time to time, might I suggest that we all stop for a moment and ask ourselves if what we’re currently doing lines up with God’s will? Make the most of today, not just for a paycheck, but make the most of today for the Kingdom of God and for those who will cry when you’re gone.

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