It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about? ~ Henry David Thoreau
Now that Labor Day has come and gone, I still seem to think of this time of year as go time. This is the start again of the busy time – school starts; days get shorter, so I have to try to fit more into a shorter amount of time and programs of all kinds start again. I find myself beginning to feel stretched in too many different directions again.
That is why this quote struck me. I kind of hear Jesus saying this to me. It’s not about quantity, but quality.
Why, then, is that so easy to forget, in the midst of life’s business?
And the picture behind the saying begs the question, where is my busyness leading me? So, to quote a friend, (Cami Smalley) it is good to get in the habit of taking mindful pauses, to ask myself: What am I so busy about? Am I truly caring for and loving the people around me in this busyness? How important, really, in the big picture, is whatever I am so busily doing? Who will it ultimately benefit or harm or neglect? How am I following Christ’s example for living in this? What do I even really have control over? Would this please God? Am I still maintaining opportunity for me to replenish my spirit so I can best serve God and others in my busyness?
Hmm ... Welcome to the after-Labor-Day, Here-We-Go-Again, super fast pace of life! Oh, and maybe I can take in this saying I heard somewhere to help guide me: Never go faster than my guardian angel can fly!
Loving God, help with the art of Mindful Pause,
especially in the hyped up super-fast speed of life after Labor Day.
Help me to find balance, and keep my spiritual feet beneath me,
anchoring me through the whirlwind.
May your Holy Spirit be a constant nudge at my side
to remember to turn to you first and foremost,
and not allow me to push my relationship with you out
because of the pull of a busy life.
And Thank You in advance for your awesome presence and wondrous help.