Busy, busy, busy!

RoundTuitHave you got a ‘Round Tuit’? I have seen a number placed strategically above work colleagues desks, probably given to them by someone exasperated that a backlog of work has been piling up. Whenever they get asked when a job will be completed the reponse is always ‘When I get a round tuit’  Problem solved! They now have a ‘Round Tuit’ – no more excuses!

The humour relies on the fact that we all feel so busy that we are run off our feet. How many retired folk have you met who are now so busy that they wonder where on earth they found time to go to work! As we move into November many will have a sense of foreboding regarding all that needs to be completed before the busyness of Christmas.

Busyness in itself is not a problem, and there are countless self help resources to advise you on how to manage your time more effectively.  The real issue is what lies behind our busyness? Often people feel trapped by their busyness and yet for many it is of their own making. There are 6 root causes of busyness:   a desire to prove ourselves, to meet other people’s expectations, to control our lives, to hide from our problems, to find satisfaction in possessions, or to make the most of this life. You can prioritise your to do list, even reduce your responsibilities but unless you deal with the root causes you will feel overwhelmed by the disease of busyness which is endemic in our society.

Jesus said Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.’  (Matthew 11:28-30 ESV). Interestingly, Jesus answer to being weary and heavy laden is not the absence of burden altogether. Rather he invites us to share the burden. The answer to the disease of busyness is not better time management, rather it is to lean into Jesus and place our trust in him.

In his book, The Busy Christian’s Guide to Busyness, Tim Chester writes: ‘More often than not, those who complain about their busyness are those who are not finding their joy in God. And those who rejoice in God as their Saviour, Master, Provider, Refuge, Joy and Hope do not find their busyness a burden’.

So next time you find yourself talking about how busy you are, don’t wish for a ‘Round Tuit’ rather focus your eyes on Jesus to share the burden.

This blog post featured in the November 2013 edition of Lifelines

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