Busyness is NOT a Spiritual Gift

Hello, writers! I’m pleased to introduce my friend, Tammy Whitehurst as our 5th Thursday special guest. Tammy is a Christian speaker and writer…and she must have been watching my life because today, she’s speaking to me. I have a feeling she’s speaking to some of you as well.

Welcome, Tammy! Thanks for joining us. ๐Ÿ™‚

Busyness Is Not a Spiritual Gift by Tammy Whitehurst

I can easily become overloaded, overburdened, and go overboard with busyness. I get so busy that waiting is not an option. Wait is a tough word to deal with in today’s busy world. Being too busy can distract us from the most important things in our livesโ€”people. Do I like being so busy that I’m worn out by noon? No. I know deep within my heart that being overloaded is a way for the enemy to distract me from those most precious to me. If I’m truly honest, I would have to admit I learn more during those calm and peaceful times when my heart, soul, and mind all unite to seek God’s will than I do when I’m stretching my mind to hold more and more while I’m falling apart. One thing I have to remember on a daily basis is that wait is not an ugly word and “busy” is not a spiritual gift. Busy is the enemy of peace. Busy steals precious time. Busy robs my blessings.

Waiting Time Is Never Wasting Time

In this fast paced, jungle-like world we build for ourselves, we rarely have “waiting” time anymore. We expect instant gratification and instant resultsโ€”at lightening fast speed! We become so engrossed in paperwork that we delete all the “people” work in our lives. We become so busy that we can’t remember the last time we took a full day off or sat at the dinner table with the family.

Life can bring about big storms and the waves hit hard if we don’t slow down. Busy can beat upon us like a drum. When those closest to us have stopped asking for our time, it’s because they know we are too busy for them. That’s crushing to the heart. We all need “waiting” time, whether we think we do or not.

I discovered this after I found myself checking my appointment book to see if I could squeeze in lunch with my 18-year-old daughter. I knew then that I had to back up and take a good look at my priorities. The world would momentarily stop if something ever happened to her, so why can’t I stop when she wants me to have lunch? It’s amazing how busy I allow myself to be. I feel as if everything would fall apart if I said, “No, I’m sorry. I can’t do that task,” or if I refuse to answer my phone. God puts his healing hand under my chin and assures me of one thingโ€”he will never leave me and he wants me to trust him as he helps me clear my overloaded plate to a manageable amount. Breaking old patterns is hard, but God reminds me that I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. I knew in my heart if I became more intentional about being “less busy” my life would be better.

Morning by Morning New Mercies I See

I began to sing the hymn “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” as I awoke each day. I asked the Lord to help me give up a life of unbridled busyness and to show me how to achieve balance. If you are in a season of fast-paced insanity, no fun frustration, and running around like a road runner, I encourage you to seek God with all your heart and ask him to help you clear the unnecessary chaos that you have brought to your life. Sit and wait as he begins to show you the things to remove, and be ready to listen. Is it easy? No. Is it worth it? Yes. Do you love some of the things he might remove? Yes. But trust him and hang on to your faith with an iron fist as you seek to glorify the Lord with your life.

The ultimate peacemaker said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled โ€ฆ” (John 14:27). He releases you to run free from chaos and to break free from busyness so you can experience a peace that surpasses all understanding. So, when your heart is calm, thank him. And once you’ve done that, go to lunch with a loved oneโ€ฆand don’t forget to turn off your phone.

Tammy Whitehurst, a Christian speaker, is the founder of Joy for the Journey Ministries. You can read more about her at tammywhitehurst.com. She can also be followed on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.

Thanks for stepping on my toes today, Tammy. I pray God’s speaks to all of us who need to hear and respond to your timely message. Blessings on you and your ministry!

Copyright {2012}, {Tammy Whitehurst} and Christianity Today/ChristianBibleStudies.com. Used with permission.

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Vonda

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  • It’s so true! I have six children, probably because I could too easily ignore one or two. ๐Ÿ™‚ They make sure they’re a priority thankfully.

    • Hahahaha! Love that, Melanie! It’s great seeing you again. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Tammy Whitehurst

        Kids….definitely a priority. Thank you Lord for our children! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sue Badeau

    Oh boy oh boy did I ever need to read this today!!! “Waiting time is never wasting time” – I think I need to post this on my desk and refrigerator – I HATE waiting! And I hate feeling like I am wasting time. And yet it is in those moments that God often meets me. Your story about making the appointment for lunch with your 18 year old reminds me of something that happened this week. I had a wonderful day with a friend and then I had a few hours left after she left before my husband would be getting up to have dinner (he works nights, sleeps part of the day – we eat dinner at 9). Anyway, I had a certain bit of writing I thought I would squeeze in after my friend left and before dinner, but my granddaughter came in and we started to talk and before you know it we had talked for an hour. I have not sat down and actually talked with this granddaughter for an entire hour for – oh, gosh – who knows how long? At the beginning, I was anxious and a little frustrated that I wasn’t getting my work done, but as the time went on and she lingered, I felt so blessed that she actually wanted to spend time talking with me, that I relaxed. It was a wonderful time together and I am so glad I didn’t interupt it and say, “thats enough, I have work to do now.” Thanks for a great article about the importance of NOT always being “too busy”.

    • I LOVE this story, Sue! I admit there are times that I, too, am frustrated when I thought I was going to get this or that done…and people get in the way. Even just seeing that written makes me sick and ashamed of myself.

      I’m learning more and more to enjoy and appreciate the time we have with our families and friends. After all, none of us will be here forever. And meaningful conversation can be more evangelistic than most anything else we can do, write, or say.

      • Tammy Whitehurst

        Sue….Waiting time is never wasting time is something I have had to learn. it is so difficult. I always feel like I must check things off a list, but we must take time to do the things that count the most…..family. Thank you for your story, I certainly enjoyed it as well.

  • Judith Robl

    Tammy, thanks for the validation. My word for the year is SIMPLIFY. The goal is to organize, prioritize, and clear away the extraneous so that I have more time for God’s purposes in my life. Busy is NOT a spiritual gift. Sometimes it is a satanic curse.

    • Yes, it is, Judith! I’ve not thought of it in that way, but yes! Thank you…

      • Tammy Whitehurst

        Judith…YOU nailed it my friend!

  • Cathy Baker

    Tammy, your title grabbed me from the get-go although I have to admit I’m still recovering from the clash with reality. You’re so right — it’s not a spiritual gift. It’s a hindrance to God’s best for us. Thank you for this reminder. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Tammy Whitehurst

    I need to thank Christianity Today and Johanna Reardon for publishing this article. I was given permission to share it, but they did ask I reference them. Copyright {2012}, {Tammy Whitehurst} and Christianity Today/ChristianBibleStudies.com. Used with permission.

    • Thanks for sharing this powerful article today, Tammy. As you can see, it spoke to many of us! I’ll put the permission note on the post. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • So nice to “meet” you, Tammy. Great message!!

    • Tammy Whitehurst

      (Reaching my hand out to you to shake…) Nice to meet you too! Thank you for your words of encouragement!

    • Tammy Whitehurst

      (Reaching my hand out to shake yours.) Julie, it is a pleasure to meet you as well! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Tammy, keeping a balance in the various areas of our lives is key, isn’t it? Balance is a word that keeps popping up for me lately. I wonder if someone’s trying to tell me something? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Cheryl, I think He’s trying to tell a lot of us something. :-/

    • Tammy Whitehurst

      Cheryl, balance is so difficult. It is the key…a difficult one to use at times. I think God is always trying to stress that to me on a daily basis. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Laura Hodges Poole

    Very good reminder. I struggle with this myself, but during the last year I’ve learned to say no and wait instead of saying yes to everything that’s asked of me. Thanks for sharing.

    • Laura, it’s a lesson I’m still trying to learn. Although I can see progress, I can also see that I have a long way to go! Thanks for your input. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Tammy Whitehurst

      Laura….Learning to say “NO.” is a tough one, but oh so necessary. If we want peace, we have to learn to do it. Have a wonderful day!

  • Jeanne Doyon

    Great reminder, Tammy. Thank you! Sometime when I hit a lull or time of waiting I feel the guilty need to fill it. I need the Holy Spirit’s reins saying whoa to my heart.

    • So true, Jeanne! I ask God to help me not be so busy, and then when things do slow down, I feel that same need to fill it! We’re a sick bunch, aren’t we? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Tammy Whitehurst

      Jeanne…..A reminder I always need too. The Holy Spirit’s reins are what I need as well. Those reins bring peace and hope don’t they? Have a beautifully blessed day!

  • Cyn Rogalski

    I read an essay a long time ago about busy standing for Being Under Satan’s Yoke–the enemy uses our busy-ness to distract us from what’s really important, spending time with Jesus. Great reminder! Thanks Tammy and Vonda!

    • Wow–I love this, Cyn! Thank you for sharing it with us. A great acronym I need to remember…

      • Tammy Whitehurst

        That is so right. Cyn, you nailed it. Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ™‚