Battling Busyness (Day 11)

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The Grateful Heart is a two-week long devotional series dedicated to guiding women towards finding a grateful heart during difficult seasons of life and equipping them with the tools they need to take back their joy.

Battling Busyness

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.   Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (Matthew 11:28-29)

When was the last time that you allowed yourself to rest? Really, intentionally, honestly rest?

Our society has begun to so greatly glorify a life of busyness. Our days can so easily become scrambled with meetings, classes, work, and social obligations. If we spend one Friday night sitting at home when we know that the rest of the world supposedly isn’t then we feel less than, uninvited, or inadequate.

We wake up early and go to bed late. We are battling busyness we are convinced we must take on. We pack every minute of our schedules with things that we believe will make us feel fulfilled yet we feel so empty. We can see the rest of the world around us bustling in a busy life with their perfect smiles, their perfect friends and their seemingly flourishing social media posts about it all.

And as we fight to try to keep up, we find ourselves so empty.

The Seed of Guilt That Comes with Rest

There are seasons of life that become busier than others, and that is okay. Having a goal driven life isn’t a bad thing, and wanting to spend time with the people you love when you have the time is so valuable. But the root of this problem is found in the seed of guilt that comes with rest. If we are unable to retreat and find peace in our lives then it surely all is in vain.

In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat – for he grants sleep to those he loves. (Psalm 127:2)

This morning, take a moment to pray about the plans for your day or for your week. Is there anything there that may be shrouded with an anxious expectation or obligation? Do you feel overwhelmed or do you feel like you’re striving?

Take time to pray and ask for wisdom about rest and the value of it. God created us with a need for sabbath and even Jesus took the time to recharge and refresh in the refuge of rest. You were created and called with a purpose in mind! But that purpose was designed by the One who is also the Author of Time, and nothing that He calls you to will be overwhelming the 24 hours of the 7 days a week that He too created. That purpose is not battling busyness with your time.

The Author of Our Lives is the Author of Time. He did not create us to live in anxious toil or to be striving just to fail – He anointed you with a purpose to give you a hope and a future. 

Give us wisdom, Lord, to know that all that we do is by, through and for you. You are more than enough for us and we can rest in who you are. Give us the courage to let go of those things that have crowded our lives with white noise and to choose greater in you.

  • Oh, this was such a great read! And much needed. Thank you so much for sharing. xo

    • Thank you so much for reading, Tawni! I hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

  • This is such a fantastic post! I loved your point that whatever God calls us to is not going to require us to be awake 24 hours a day. He calls us to attainable things through His power and I love that you pointed that out! My biggest problem is wanting to get quality time with every person I care about, so I double (or triple) book myself and then end up super stressed. In those moments, I often back out of my commitments which is also a bad thing. Busying myself only leads to more stress in those times. haha.

    • Thank you so much for reading, Kristin! I definitely struggle with that same thing – especially since getting married. I tried SO hard to nurture my relationship with my husband AND keep my friendships the way they were before marriage and it was absolutely impossible. I just had to realize that if I prayed about help to prioritize my time, God would make it happen. Thank you for reading! Happy Thanksgiving, sweet friend!

  • Neely

    Great messages! I look forward to reading more

  • I agree, society seems to praise busyness which I totally don’t get. I would rather get things done smart and effectively, not busily and chaotically.

    Rachel | The Confused Millennial

    • I agree – thank you for reading, Rachel! Sometimes I think I am guilty of trying to find my worth in busyness. But rest is so valuable! Happy Thanksgiving!

  • I am not religious but can appreciate the sentiment behind these words. We need to stop glorifying business and take time to rest!

    • Thank you so much for reading, Shane! Happy Thanksgiving!