Busy. Busy. Busy.
If there is one thing I’m good at, it’s being busy. My brain shifts gears on a dime … people often comment on how much I can get done … I’m an expert at multi-tasking … a time management hero.
So when I heard Glynnis Whitwer was releasing a new book called Doing Busy Better, I thought this would be awesome! I’ll learn some great tips and strategies to handle even more load. I could get even better at busy.
I should have known better, and I realized it within the first chapter. This book was not the enabler I wanted it to be. Instead, it laid me bare in some of my most tender spaces.
Like in Chapter 1:
Adreneline at the excitement of something new fueled me for a while, but reality quickly set in … And with that stressed reality came weariness. The kind of soul-deep weariness that hits when the adrenaline is gone. The kind of tired that makes a productive woman dissolve into tears because there are simply too many choices of plants at the garden center.
Or in my case, it was too many choices of cereal boxes that had me fleeing WalMart in tears, afraid I would disappoint someone by choosing the wrong one.
Also in Chapter 1:
I like to work. I’m driven to achieve. I like responsibility and being in charge and bringing order to messes. I like being needed and someone asking for my help.
By the time I got to Chapter 3 and read this:
Responsibility is a good characteristic to have, especially when it’s in other people. They are the ones who do what they say, and you can count on them when you have a problem. But when you are the responsible one, it’s hard to draw clear boundary lines between what is your responsibility and what is not. So everything feels like your responsibility.
I was done. It was too painful to see myself described in such detail on the pages of someone else’s story. I had to close the book and put it away.
Because, you see … I had read the chapter titles in the table of contents, and I knew what was coming. Something that God has been working on me about for a while. Something I wasn’t ready to face. So I stepped away to put some distance between myself and those words in the first few chapters, until I could gather up the courage to face the S-word in Chapter 9.
As Glynnis explains in Chapter 9, Sabbath isn’t about just laying around and physically resting. It’s about trusting God to free us from a slavery mindset. I’m not a slave to the things I think I must do to be successful. God gave me this gift of one day a week set aside for rest. To trust him to make what I can do in six days enough. The seventh day is for Him, not to further my own goals and achievements.
I wanted to reason with God on this.
You know that I work four days a week at my job and that is pretty much fixed. For two years, I’ve worked Friday, Saturday and Sunday at this ministry-minded business you’ve asked me to do. So by resting on Sunday, I’m not just trying to do in six days what needs to be done in seven … I’m trying to do in two days what needs to be done in three. Do you get that math??? That’s twice as hard!
Yes, God gets the math, and he’s still calling me to a Sabbath reset. And God knows me so well, He knew he would have to hit me over the head with this message. Almost every speaker I heard at the She Speaks conference last week talked about rest in one way or another.
Don’t just do something. Stand there. ~Karen Ehman
Wear the undergarment of rest in your soul. The wisdom of life consists of the elimination of non-essentials. ~Chris Hodges
Rest is not bad. Rest is worship. ~Crystal Evans Hurst
Sit at His feet and abide in His presence. ~Liz Curtis Higgs
So God wants me to rest, and specifically, to honor the Sabbath. For two years, I’ve done the hard work to create something useful and valuable and now it’s time to trust Him for the growth.
My biggest question about Sabbath rest has always been, “But what do I DO all day???” Do I just lay around, read books and eat Oreos? Are there rules about what I can and can’t do? What exactly counts as work? I found my answer in God’s original rules for righteous living.
Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Exodus 20:8 (NIV)
What is holy? Worship with my local body of believers. Time spent with my family. Serving others in ways that encourage and uplift. Making space in my heart and head so the coming week is more productive and peaceful.
Will that sometimes look like “work” from the outside? Yea. Will it sometimes involve my business or volunteer ministry? Maybe. But this rule-following, dream-chasing girl is learning to live a life that is not governed by do’s and don’ts. I’m learning to hear God’s voice and do whatever He says is holy. That will be a better kind of busy.
What would rest look like in your life? Any tips to help me honor the Sabbath? I’d love to hear from you in the Comments!
Linking up with Allison Wixted at Mom-Ventures, with Kelly Balarie at #RaRaLinkup, with Holley Gerth at #CoffeeForYourHeart, with Crystal Storms at #HeartEncouragement, with Susan B. Mead at #DanceWithJesus, with Arabah Joy at Grace & Truth