I don’t know about you, but whenever someone asks me if I could take a bit of time to do this or do that I feel as if a little piece of me dies and I take one step closer towards __________(fill in the blank for whatever death looks like for you). There is no question about it, we are all very busy people.
Busy. This word has become a swear word for me in the past few years because I see the destruction it causes in my life and the lives of people around me. Yet, the word busy is so commonly used in our culture!
You have probably exchanged this conversation opener yourself:
“How are you?”
“Busy, and you?”
We live in a culture of busy-ness! But are we honest about what that will do to our relationships? We frantically go from one thing to the next, our schedules bombarded with things that MUST get done. Have we bought into our culture of busy-ness? Do these thing really have to get done? Are our relationships deteriorating because of our patterns of frenetic activity and media consumption?
Let’s be honest: what is really important? Do we make space for the truly important things in life like hope, peace, joy and love, or push them aside? Do we take the time to just be with our families, our friends, creation and with God? What does making space or taking time for what’s important even look like?
If I am speaking your language, maybe you should consider coming to the prayer retreat I am a part of hosting in January and learn to make space for what really matters!