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. :-)

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 lives—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 results—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 thing—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 …” (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 one…and 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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Today’s the last day to count your MoGo7000 words in January!

That’s right–if you’re MoGoing this month (and you SHOULD be!), tonight at midnight is the last moment to count your words in your January total and receive an entry into the drawing for $100!

Didn’t make your 7000-new-word goal on a book project this month? Not to worry! Tomorrow you get to start all over. All you have to do is write 7000 new words (not rewrites or edits) on a book project in February and you’ll have an entry. The more months you meet the goal, the more entries you have for the end-of-the-year drawing!

But don’t send your totals yet! I’ll put the call-out next Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you’ve done in January!

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Happy writing!

Vonda

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