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September 2018

"How Busyness Affects Our Faith"

This is the time of the year we all get busy! The summer has come to an end, vacations are over, and the kids are back to school. We rush to the stores to get school supplies, new clothes, and make sure enrollment is due before they even begin school. There will be homework and projects for the kids, some will be involved in sports which means parents will be running all over trying to get them to their practices and games. It is also the time football season will begin which means time with family and friends to enjoy our favorite teams and have parties at our house.
Our culture today is focused on how busy we are which most of the time leads to exhaustion. Many physicians say this can lead to many health problems. It can cause high blood pressure, heart issues, headaches, and so much more. We make our own schedules and sometimes for many of us we overbook. Do we overbook because it makes us look more productive, makes us look more important, or to build our self-esteem? Is busyness biblical? How does it affect our faith and our relationship with our God? And what does scripture say?
Let’s look at Matthew 6:30-34 which is: But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore, do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore, do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. I have not found one passage in the Bible that states busyness is a good thing. It states in Matthew to rest in his work and not worry about tomorrow or even the next day. God already knows what we need and when we busy ourselves we sometimes get anxious about everything about the day or the next day because our schedule is so packed. Our lives are meant to honor and glorify God, and God is the one who defines what does and does not glorify him. When we look at the creation story didn’t God rest on the 7th day? Absolutely he did because even he was tired from the work he had done. He didn’t keep going on and planning for things to go on his schedule; he took the time and did nothing on the seventh day. God did not worry or become anxious on the day he rested. God took a break and rested so that he could be productive the next six days.
So, I invite each of us to look at our schedules and see if we rest during the week. I know it always used to be that Sunday was a rest day or Sabbath but with our culture and work schedules it is impossible. Whatever day you choose, I suggest you take the time to be with our awesome God and get the rest which comes from him. Rest is not only biblical—it’s practical. And in scripture, rest is a sign of strength. In fact, rest is such a big deal to God, that he commanded farmers in Exodus 23:12 to give their land a break. God knows that for even the land to flourish it needs time off. We need time off to be able to renew our bodies, minds, and soul so we can glorify God and all he has provided for us. I pray for each of you to find rest during the week and be able to thank God for it.

In Christ’s Love,
Pastor Debbie Senters