Quote of the Day – Too Busy



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¬†Satan doesn’t make us bad, he makes us busy…

Be careful! We can become too busy doing even good things – church activities, school activities, helping others and so on. All these things are great but if they are taking away from your main responsibilities or you are using them as an excuse not to fulfill your main responsibilities then you need to take pause and look at your life. You make your own schedule – don’t blame your busyness on someone else. I know, it took a long time before I discovered I could say no to things and people and guess what? No one hated me for it and the world didn’t stop rotating when I did.

 



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Comments

  1. Bea says

    We all have the same amount of hours in a day. Nobody gets more or less. It is about choices and priorities. Sometimes you do have to eliminate things to get real and important things done. Sometimes it means giving up TV watching, cell phone and computer use and staying home. Taking time with your family and friends face to face and giving people and things your total attention.

  2. says

    here is a quote I found the other day it sort of goes with this one.

    “Kids might stay home more if they were not to stay home alone”

    I liked it a lot.

  3. Kelly Newquist says

    This is exactly where God is working on me right now. Having to say no to the PTA Board or special committees- people wonder what’s wrong with you, but it feels great to be obedient and focus on what He wants!!! Thanks for this. :)

  4. bea says

    I got angry this morning when I heard Huggies has a new diaper that tweets a parent when their baby needs to be changed. What a joke!!! That just goes to show that people are way TOO BUSY if they notice a tweet on a cell phone instead of paying more attention to a babies needs. NO EXCUSE. HOW AWFUL.

  5. Trisha says

    Here’s a favorite saying of mine about making choices based on good, better, best….
    As we consider various choices, we should remember that it is not enough that something is good. Other choices are better, and still others are best. Even though a particular choice is more costly, its far greater value may make it the best choice of all.

    Consider how we use our time in the choices we make in viewing television, playing video games, surfing the Internet, or reading books or magazines. Of course it is good to view wholesome entertainment or to obtain interesting information. But not everything of that sort is worth the portion of our life we give to obtain it. Some things are better, and others are best. Dallin H. Oaks

  6. grizzly bear mom says

    The good is the enemy of the best-Elizabeth Elliott.

    Children would stay home more if they had a HOME to go to instead of just a house.

  7. Dawn says

    I am a little confused about getting to busy even helping others? Jesus’s example was to wash the feet of his disciples. I wonder whether you can be a little clearer about what you mean? I understand the part about not noticing your baby has a soiled nappy less than you realise someone is sending you a text , that is really bad.

    • says

      Dawn what I was meaning is not that you never help others or do things for them but to be sure like so many other things to keep it in balance. God wants Him first, spouse second, family and then others. If your family is having to scrounge a meal for themselves 5 nights a week because you are too busy taking meals to others, going to a church function, or texting friends all the time then things are out of balance.

      This is like so many other good things God has given us. We tend to do it in excess or out of the boundaries He has provided for us which then causes things in our lives and our families lives to not function properly. God gave us sex for our pleasure within marriage but look what happens when we take it to excess outside of marriage.

      God also tells us to do things with the right motive or it will count for nothing. In the same way that you don’t want your husband or children to do things out of duty for you all the time, you shouldn’t do it out of duty for others either. You want them to do them because they love you, we should help others with the same attitude. Probably 90% of us don’t. We do it because it makes us feel good, eases our conscience, makes us look important, more holy to others or because the rules say we should.

      If you don’t think this to be true here is a good way to test things you are doing for others. This isn’t necessarily for you but others who might wonder. Did you pray hard about it? Did your heart weep with the need you saw, couldn’t stop thinking about it or felt compelled to do it? Did you do it without one other soul knowing about it or as few as possible or was something many would see and sing your praises? Bottom line – is your heart so full of love for God and others you feel compelled to help others?

      I usually find if you do things in God’s will and with love He doesn’t allow you to do more then what you can and still take care of your other responsibilities. We can wear ourselves and our families out doing so much. Even Jesus was forever telling His disciples to leave in a boat while He dismissed the crowd and then He was so often going off to the mountain alone to pray. He sent people away even though many of them still had needs to be meant because He knew our limitations and how we would take things to an excess if given free rein.

      Last but not least ironically the more you do things in God’s will and with the right motive God tends to use you more but it is done with ease, peace and not at a price paid by your family. We get things so mixed up. We are suppose to take care of our families and let God take care of and provide a way to do our ministries. Like so many things we get all fired up, jump in with both feet and not thinking and then someone we are responsible for suffers.

      Now things do happen. For example if I am in the middle of dinner and my neighbor comes over and asks for a ride to the emergency room I will take her. This is not what I am talking about but I’m talking about all those things we volunteer for like working for vacation Bible school for a week, then the women’s conference the next week, then to take meals all week to new moms and at the same time babysitting for a friend all summer because she bought a brand new expensive car and now she has no money left to pay for a baby sitter.

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