Sep 16, 2011

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“I’m Too Tired … Too Busy”

“I’m Too Tired … Too Busy”

What’s the first thing you hear from people when discussing service?  Joyful excitement? Creative ideas on how we can do more?  or is it more of I’m too tired and/or too busy to help right now?  “Keep me on your list and as soon as I get all this other stuff done, I’ll be sure to jump in next time.”  Lets be honest gang, we’ve all played the I’m too tired and/or busy card more than once, right?  I know I have. In fact, I was sort of playing it this morning as I was meeting with my accountability partner.  We were discussing the pressing needs found in our area as a result of recent flooding.  We both agreed that there is more to do than anyone can imagine.  Some people have lost everything, some most everything and some less, but we all know people impacted by this event.  As we traded stories of what some are doing and how many aren’t doing anything, we started to question what were we going to do about it.  Where to start? How will I fit it in? Can I really be of help?  This quickly turned into a discussion comparing our calendars and previous commitments.  I confessed that I was feeling a bit off the last week.  I thought it must be due to a lack of time spent in the word or the fact that I hadn’t read anything from “Crazy Love” due to a break in the Sunday school schedule.  We both commented on how much time we spend in God’s work during each week.  I have to admit – neither was a short list of “activities.”  Then it happened.  You know what I mean.  Just when you think you’ve figured something out – God steps in.  I was reading from “My Utmost for His Highest” – Feb. 9th.  The scriptures were taken from Isaiah 40:28-31

28 Do you not know?   Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God,  the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. 29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope in the LORD  will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

While the above reasons for my “fatigue” may be somewhat true (especially the lack of time in the word), the Holy Spirit began to uncover other questions.  Was I was starting to take pride in my “work for God?”  Was I relying on my ability to execute on the things that I was involved in.  Was I over committing to God’s work and not truly waiting for His hand to guide my actions?  While all may be true to some degree, one certain truth is that I wasn’t relying on God and His strength.  Therefore, I was feeling tired, too busy and overwhelmed to some degree.  It’s sad how ineffective we become when we rely on ourselves rather than the One and Only God.  I praise God for pulling me back from my self-inflicted abyss.  My strength has been renewed and I look forward to what he has in mind next.

  1. Well, if you are going to go overboard you might as well go overboard with Godly acts! I think it is great that you recognized that the reason you were becoming overwhelmed was because of all the things you were doing instead of slowing down and listening to what God wants you to be doing. Isn't it awesome how easy things happen when they are God ordained!

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