I’m in the middle of a season of extreme busyness at the moment.
I don’t know if you have this problem, but when I get busy—I mean, really busy—things start to slip.
Sleeping properly is usually the first to go. Then my eating goes wonky. Then my exercise patterns get erratic.
Even prayer and Bible study start getting a bit fuzzy if I’m not careful and my reading will turn into a quick skim. Like wolfing down a McDonald’s cheeseburger in the car because you’re in a hurry, instead of savoring it like a really good steak from the Keg.
Because there’s a great demand on my time at work, I find myself having to sacrifice quality for efficiency. Choosing function over form just makes my skin crawl, to be honest.
Whatever I’m doing, I want it to be the best it can possibly be; and because my work is all about communicating ideas, choosing the right words and narrative structure is essential. Sometimes, though, I have to template things. Sometimes I just have to do a slight polish on something that’s really not very good and just let it go. To make do.
It’s funny how that happens, isn’t it?
Race through reading the Bible, a quick prayer and away we go.
Race through work (often with a quick prayer), taking as little time as possible to complete as many tasks as I’m able.
It’s a bit of an assembly line approach to life.
It gets the job done, but it doesn’t bring joy.
Where can we, even in our seasons of busyness, find opportunities to savor life? To enjoy God, the Bible, friends, family… and even work?
In my case, sometimes it means just saying no. Turning down a meeting request, turning off my email, ignoring my cell phone and disconnecting from the internet for a while. Sometimes it means having to blow a deadline because the work is too important to not do with excellence.
Sometimes it means putting aside whatever else I’m reading in favor of spending some extra time in the Bible and hearing what God has to say.
Occasionally, it means a meandering post like this one.
But what about you?
Do you feel like you’re settling for the cheeseburger instead of the steak? Are you looking opportunities to savor?
Life is too valuable to be wasted with the business of busyness.
I hope you’ll find an opportunity to enjoy it this week.