Does busyness choke out your relationship with God – spending time with him in prayer, reading scripture and seeking his will in your lives?
In explaining one aspect of the of the Parable of the Sower, Jesus says, “Still others, like seed sown among the thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word and make it unfruitful.” (Mark 4:18)
There are many kinds of thorns – worries, ambition, wealth, recognition, position, possessions and busyness, to name a few. The Roman soldiers placed a crown of thorns on Jesus’ head, but he did not let the pain of them deter him from his mission.
Busyness, as much any other circumstance, makes the word in many of us unfruitful. We rush to get dressed in the morning and have our breakfast before we rush to work. At work, there is often more to do than the time available, so we rush from one task to another. After work, we rush to take our kids to practice or a sporting event. We then rush home for dinner because we have a meeting after dinner at church, school or some other place, or we need to help the children with their homework, or we have a brief case full of work. Even when we are not in fact being rushed, we have a sense of being rushed.
All of this rushing crowds out God. Intimacy with him is sacrificed. The noise of busyness keeps us from hearing the whisper of the Holy Spirit and understanding the Spirit’s call each day. Notice that Jesus says the outcome is that the word in us becomes unfruitful. The rich guidance of the word goes unused. Jesus’ desire for us is just the opposite – “I chose you and appointed you to bear fruit, fruit that will last.” (John 15:16)
Life will always have its demands. Do we let these demands choke out God’s word and presence in us, or do we invite him to join us in their midst? I used to pray a lot in hallways and elevators as I went from one meeting to another, acknowledging God’s presence and asking him to go before me. There seemed to be more fruit when I did and less when I didn’t.
God’s presence is available to us in the midst of our busyness. Offer up your schedule to him at the beginning of each day. Remember his words, “I am with you always.” (Matthew 28:20)
*Reposted from July, 2014
Bill— really excellent message here! Also, could we speak again on Wed. 6/22 at 4pm your time? Also, Ginny and I were in Cambria over this last weekend. I played in the Paso Robles( town nearby) City Championship( in the senior division of over 55 men) and shot 78-74, to win by 10 shots! I came into the tourney with low expectations, and look at what Our Lord allowed me to do! Thanks, and Glory to God!Greg
Gregory R. Aitkens, CFP
Financial Management Network, Inc.
Greg, I just saw your note. It was our 53rd anniversary today, and we were out all day. Congratulations on winning the golf tournament. E-mail me for another time to talk.