Here’s something to keep in mind. A recent study concludes: We’re not actually that busy, but we’re great at pretending we are.
The article on Quartz begins by asking this question: “But just how busy are we, really?” Well, the global marketing firm Havas Worldwide conducted a survey to find the answer. So they surveyed over 10,000 adults across 28 countries. The results: People feel compelled to lie about how busy they are! When asked to respond to the question “I sometimes pretend to be busier than I am,” over 51% of Millennials answered yes. And when asked that question about other people, from the Boomers to the Millennials, between 57%-65% think other people pretend to busier than they actually are. The conclusion from the researchers is very revealing for how we live our lives: “… our tendency to lie about how busy we are comes from our belief that being busy is equivalent to ‘leading a life of significance.’
There is the story of the sisters Mary and Martha in Luke’s Gospel. Martha is busy preparing dinner and Mary is listening to Jesus. Martha complains about Mary’s lack of busyness. Jesus says, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:41-42 NLT).
We need not quibble about the active life versus the contemplative life. Both are needful in this world, and both have wonderful traditions among God’s people. At Crosswalk, we have a lot of service oriented projects, and in fact one of our mission statements is about “Serving All People.” But we should be able to agree that there is no 11th commandment which says, “Above all, stay busy.” Busy isn’t always better. Mary discovered the joy of spending time with Jesus, and the Lord affirmed her discovery. This is why another mission point at Crosswalk is “Pursuing Truth.”
Are you pretending to be busy because it is a cultural value? Is significance really found through busyness? Have you discovered the joy of some quiet time with Jesus?
There is a time to be busy, and a time to rest. A time to serve, and a time to study. A time to perform, and a time to pray. A time to achieve, and a time to receive.
Because He Lives,