The other day I ran into an old friend.
“How are you doing?” she asked me.
Me, low key trying to impress her did the typical 5 second response to seem cool.
“I’m good…just SOOOOO busy.”
I’ve been thinking about my response lately. I wore the badge of busyness like that made me worthy of being on this planet Earth. Snaps for me!!! I’m BUSY!
I found pride in my works throughout the day and thought that was making me worthy.
The truth is: I am busy. And chances are, you are too. If you are someone who has responded recently that you are “so busy”, it is my prayer that you will read and believe these 7 reminders.
1. Chill. Your purpose isn’t to be busy.
Seriously. Relax. You do not have to be busy to be purposeful. Your greatest purpose is not your job, schedule, or even your grades/job/kids/spouse/relationship. Your greatest purpose is giving your life to the One who gave you life. Remember that.
2. Life goes on.
Guess what… life will always go on. You can miss a party and life will go on. You can take a vacation day and life will go on. You can turn off your phone…and social media will go on without you. SHOCKING. The world doesn’t need a busy you. The world needs a purposeful you. And if you are wondering what your purpose is… go back and read number one.
3. Being present is about more than just showing up.
Great! You showed up! But were you mentally there? Were your spiritually well? Showing up is important. But showing up dressed with joy, kindness, grace, and love is crucial in our scary world. When you show up clothed with kindness, chances are you can change the world. When you show up with baggy eyes and frustration, you are not living out the potential God gave you.
4. Failure is inevitable.
Guess what??? You’re gonna fail a test. You’re gonna get your heart broken. You’re gonna get second place, benched, and fail from time to time. Your busyness isn’t a cure for failure. You can’t control life by thinking you planned the future. In fact, you have no control over life. You can’t plan life. Give your life to the One who gave you life. Give your life to the One who created you. You can’t know what you were created for if you don’t know your Creator. And you weren’t created for success. You were created to live in relationship with Jesus Christ.
5. Remember to drink water.
Silly, but true. When I was finding pride in my busyness I found out I was forgetting to drink water…lol. When you are busy, you forget to take care of the important things…including your health. Drink water my friend. (coffee is not hydrating my friend)
6. You may never afford a Louie.
I own a fake Louie (is that illegal lol?). Every time someone compliments it I say, “THANKS! IT IS FAKE.” I don’t hide the fake characteristic because I realize I may never be able to afford a real Louie. 99% of the world will never be able to afford a Louie. And even if I do have enough money for a real Louie, chances are I probably won’t buy one. Chase Jesus. Don’t chase some crazy financial goal. Once again, dressing yourself in wealth will never satisfy the deep desire in your heart for purpose. Purpose is given to you by your Creator.
7. You aren’t the main character.
When I brag about my busyness, I’m forgetting who the real hero of this story called life is. Jesus. It will always, always be Jesus. I am simply a character in the greatest love story of all time. But I’m not the main character. When I find hope, purpose, and pride in my schedule– I am saying “this life is all about me.” And no my friend. This life is not about me and it is not about you. It is about the One who came down to save us and said I love you this much, stretching out His arms to show us, only to have them nailed to a tree. It is about a man who conquered the grave, rose from the dead, and gives us an opportunity to find purpose and life by simply confessing in His great name. He’s the hero. Not me. Jesus. Jesus. Jesus
To my friend who is also “busy”– breathe. Breathe in-and-out. Take a chill pill, a break, and time to rest. Life is short and your schedule is a little dramatic. It is okay to have plans, work meetings, tests, and busyness. But stop finding your purpose in being busy. Life is about something greater and Someone greater.
Drink caffeine. Drink water. Do some squats. Turn off your phone. You’re gonna be okay. You’re gonna graduate. You’re gonna find a job you like. The meeting you are dreading will end. And guess what? When you die you tombstone will not list your schedule. Please do not bury me with my planner. I barely used it anyways lol. Your tombstone will not list your salary. It will simply show three things: the day you were born, a line, and the day you died. The line will stand for what you did on this Earth to show others how loved they are by Jesus. My challenge for you is to spend a little more time at the feet of your Savior and less time bragging about your busyness. Use your line to impact the world for God’s glory. Use your line to praise your Savior. Use your line for something more meaningful than wasted conversations bragging about your busyness.
Hi it is me, the girl who wrote this article, named Grace Valentine. I recently wrote a book called “Am I Enough?” Click here for more information on what it is about and how you can get your hands on one! I pray you find it real and relatable. It isn’t too long so you shouldn’t be “too busy” to read it 😉
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