The Odyssey

Stop the Glorification of Busy

October 8, 2015

I am busy. You are busy. We’re all busy. I get it. I’m also tired, and probably hungry. So are you.

When we’re all busy and tired, where is the inspiration? Where is the compassion? Where is the sacrificial love?

I know when I’m feeling busy I make excuses to not help another person or hang out with a friend or do something I love. I’m always going to be busy, but I can use this to propel me forward toward inspiration and compassion and sacrificial love that is worth so much more.

Speaking about the negative will get us nowhere fast. I don’t want to look back on my days of college and wish I had accomplished more on my campus and left a better footprint. I don’t want to say I was too busy to spend time with my roommates or my grandparents or helping serve someone. I strongly believe that no matter what, we pursue and prioritize what we want – figure that out now and you’re on the right track.

Let me tell you a story. My sophomore year of high school, there was an incredible girl on my drill team. She was one of the Godliest women and caring souls I’d ever met. She kept asking me to grab coffee with her, but I was always “too busy” to spend that hour with her. With what, I can’t even remember, but I’m sure it was pointless. Then one day, she passed away tragically and I can’t tell you how much I regret not sharing coffee with that sweet, sweet girl before the left us too soon.

Now yes, that’s an incredibly extreme example. I pray no one else has to have this happen to them, but the concept still stays the same. I’m going to be out of this school in just a few short months. I don’t know if I’ll see a majority of these people ever again. Why can’t I make the most of it while I’m here and stop complaining about the hour or so less of sleep I’ll get that night? Isn’t getting to know someone’s heart or making memories worth more than regret and what-ifs? I’d like to think so.

How do you define success? Are you being present? How are you really doing?

If I’m being completely honest with myself, I would save a lot of time each day if I stopped comparing my schedule or to-do list with myself and other people. I am good enough, no matter how busy my day is.

We think we find our rest in our beds or in Netflix or our friends or our relationships. That is a lie. We find our rest in our Lord and nowhere else. With him, we have the chance to change the world for ourselves, the people around us, or (God-willing) the whole world. When we’re focused on how busy we are, we forget the people around us and how much love they need.

Matthew 11:28-30

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
We need to stop the glorification of busy because, let’s be honest, we will never not be busy. Even if I’m sitting on the couch looking into space, I’m busy thinking about what I’m going to do next. Our generation has been dubbed the “age of anxiety” for a good reason – we’re put under enormous pressure to be perfect students and children and friends and employees all at the same time.
Yes, I am busy. So are you. But we are so much more than that. We are champions of this world through Christ. We are sons and daughters of the King. Heck, we’re students at one of the top universities in the world (who is #2 in the AP poll). We’re going to be entrepreneurs and doctors and actors and mathematicians and teachers and people who will change this world. Don’t be too busy being busy to change the world – the world will thank you some day.

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