Is All This Busyness Just Idleness in Disguise?

As we recognize our limitations and confess our need for help, God begins to change us.

I absolutely want to be more effective and efficient. But if there is no acknowledgment of my need for God as the demands of my schedule increase, then my sinful response to the demands will rear its ugly head.

My typical response is to avoid what needs to be done, which only leads to greater anxiety rather than peace. What is your go-to response? Perhaps it is to push through in your own strength and then to be irritable and tired and frustrated. Maybe you find yourself emotional, angry with others. Or maybe your response is discontentment—believing that if you only had (fill in the blank), then you wouldn’t have to work so hard. Whatever our sinful responses are, changing them requires a dose of humility—turning to the Lord for help in our weakness.

Before you move on to your next task, ask the Lord for strength and grace to complete it. Ask him to give you peace throughout the day. Tomorrow we’ll look at some time-management tools that I pray will help you as much as they are helping me.

*I share more about idleness and the need for and joy of rest in my book Enjoy: Finding the Freedom to Delight Daily in God’s Good Gifts.

This article originally appeared here.

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Trillia Newbell
Trillia Newbell is a wife, mom, and writer who loves Jesus. She is the author of United: Captured by God's Vision for Diversity (Moody Publishers, March 2014). You can follow her on twitter at @trillianewbell