How Busy Are You

Jerry Bailie's picture


For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” - Ecclesiastes 3:1

There is a common question we are all asked many times by others and we have also asked the same question repeatedly of people we know. That question is, “How are you?” And the most common answer to the question is one word, one simple single word in the land of adult lives, “busy.” While it is the most common response received I have become increasingly annoyed of hearing men from all walks of life tell me and others how busy they are. Are you busy? I know I am …so what’s new? It has become very clear to me that we respond with the word “busy” with a large degree of pride as if our busyness is a “trophy” of some sort. There’s no doubt that for most, the busier we are the better we feel about ourselves feeling more important than we truly are. Telling others that we are “busy” relays this importance (at least this is what we imagine). If I did not know any better it’s as if our busyness has become in some way the ultimate model of success for many of us in society today.

A look at the life of Christ will show that the word “busy” (in the way we use it) is never mentioned, or referred to when addressing our Lord and Savior. I am also quite certain no one in their right mind would disagree that Jesus was highly successful …I mean He changed the course of our world in the 33 years He lived on this earth.  He is the Savior of the world!  There has not been another person in our world’s history that has had the impact Christ had. Yet, He never used the word “busy”! As a matter of fact, He always made time for people.  He took care of “business” in an orderly manner and fashion.  He rested, He never said; I’m too busy to the children. In fact when His disciples tried to steer them away from Him, He scolded them and said, “bring them to me.”  It was the same when his disciples tried to get Him to turn the 5,000 plus people away, He stopped blessed a few fish and some loaves of bread and fed them all.  When the blind, the deaf or any of the others were in His presence, He took the time to stop, listen and help.  Even though his disciples would often complain He still took time to speak with the down and out of society and He never appeared stressed out and all of this without the modern “conveniences” that you and I have today.

His perspective was different …He was “about His Father’s work” fully understanding that in order to be successful it would take a total dependence upon His Father. Busyness does not, nor has it ever equated to success. Dependence upon God, regardless of the earthly outcome, equals success.  Do we really believe this …or are we just too busy?

Next time someone asks you how you are doing; try giving them a more creative answer than the standard “busy.” After all if we are always busy then there is a deeper issue because rest was a part of God’s plan for our lives. … "the seventh day …He rested from all the work of creating that He had done.” (Genesis 2:2-3) And Ecclesiastes tells us there is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven (Ecclesiastes. 3:1 and following).

So how busy are you really?

Blessings from on high!



Greg Giordano's picture

Guilty as charged! I am someone who is "busy" and stressed because I'm busy. Jerry, you have a lot of good stuff in here. I will definitely say more than "I'm busy" when asked how I am or how my day is going. Thanks for sharing, Jerry!

Jerry Bailie's picture

There is something to be said about how we perceive our "busyness" if you will.  In fact it has almost become a disease that seems to affect both the young and the old as well.  God doesn't want us to be busy, He simply want us and when we are too busy for Him we miss out on so much more that He wants to do in our lives.

Occassionally I have to hit the UC button in my life.  UC=UnClutter...  

Have a blessed day,


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