A lot of times we confuse being busy with being successful. Being busy is something that people boast about. “How have you been?” “Busy!” It’s a common response. I think that it is because we associate being busy with being successful. We want people to think we’re successful so we tell them how busy we’ve been.
First we need to address the meaning of success. What does success mean to you? What does society say success is? What does God say success is?
We have a very specific idea of what success looks like in our mind. But what if we have it all wrong? What if success has nothing to do with money and power? What if success is measured in how we use our lives to benefit others, not just ourselves?
Using this new measure of success, busyness is hindering your success. If you’re too busy you can’t make yourself available to help those in need.
Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded. – Yogi Berra
What if we apply those words to life?
Nobody can get anything accomplished. We’re too busy.
Many people can’t accomplish the things that matter, like helping a child or family in need, because we’re too busy chasing our own dreams and ideas of success. An example of this recently happened in our lives. We had big plans to further a career plan and had been putting off our next foster/adopt case. God made it very clear that we needed to foster/adopt and we didn’t need to put it off for later. We’re trusting that God will honor obedience and he will further our career in his time.
Money and power cannot offer peace. True peace can only come through God and placing our trust in Him. Money and power typically produce the drive for more money and more power. Busyness is robbing you of peace. Take a look at the things in your life that are keeping you from your true purpose. No better time than now to stop the busyness cycle and live a life of true purpose and peace.