“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Romans 12:2)
Have you asked anyone how they are doing lately? By far the overwhelming answer to that question besides the “good” answer is “busy”. “How’s your family?” “Oh, busy” “How’s work?” “Busy” “How’s your church going?” “Busy” What exactly does this mean? We wear busy as a badge of honor. Busy has begun to define us and we don’t even know what it means.
The other day I gave that answer myself. A gracious, older lady from our old town was asking how life in our new town was. I, of course, responded….. “busy” She looked at me and said, “What does that even mean? So many people I talk to give me that answer. Does that mean good, bad or that they just don’t know?” It made me stop and think. I responded, “Well we are doing good,” followed by a list of things we were involved in and working towards.
I walked away from that conversation pondering that question. What does that even mean? Have we as a society allowed busyness to so define us that we can’t even answer how we are without a laundry list of things we do?
Busy has a price. One of its many costs is relationships; relationships with those that inquire about our lives, relationships with those closest to us, and unfortunately relationship with the very one who gave us breath.
Just think about it, every decision you make has a price. If you choose A you can’t do B & C. If you spend time doing A, you don’t have time for people in your life. My fear is that we haven’t even realized that we are paying a price. Busy affects our children, our spouse and our relationship with God whether we notice it or not; whether we’ve taken the time to analyze and count the cost or not.
I think the verse in Romans above might be a good starting place to address this issue. We need to let God transform us by renewing our minds, by changing the way we think. There might be changes God may lead us to make in order to get His best for our life, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Here’s the warning label though: It will be countercultural! It says here in Romans; don’t copy the behavior and customs of the world. God’s economy and priorities don’t and won’t look like what we are accustomed to. If you are satisfied with your comfort and cozy life, this will be painful! Painful but worth it. It’s time to let God analyze our busy and transform our priorities. It’s time to count the cost using heavens economy not earths. We only get one shot at the journey here on earth and I want to make it count.
Father, thank you for my friends. I pray that today we will each decide in our hearts to allow you to analyze our busy and transform our thinking so our lives may transcend the here and now because of things you lead us to do. Help us to make right choices, to prioritize the things that you desire us to, not the things cultural tells us to. Thank you for your willingness to guide and redirect us when we ask. Amen.