I love to-do lists. Or maybe I just love the idea of them. I really enjoy the feeling of putting lots of things down next to bubbles I can make a mark in and then putting a mark in that bubble. Sometimes I write things down that I’ve already completed just so I can feel like I’ve accomplished something. Yes, it’s a little extreme. One could look at the list and think, “There’s no possible way that can all be completed in 3 hours. So why do you list all of that? It’s like you’re setting yourself up to fail.” Well, that’s one way to look at it. I look at it as I’m going to write down everything I want to get done knowing I’m not going to but at least I can get more done that I would if I’d only written down a couple things.
On the flip side of that, I’ve caught myself getting stuck in that trap of failure and feeling like “I’m so busy all. The. Time. And have so. Many. Things. Going . on I don’t have time for anything else.” Why is it that we feel this sense of accomplishment and worth when our schedules are full and we are just running back to back on lists, errands, activities and chores? Is this what life is about – being constantly busy or allowing no time for ourselves?
David prays in Psalm 31: 14-15, “But I am trusting you, O Lord, saying, ‘You are my God!’ My future is in your hands. Rescue me from those who hunt me down relentlessly.” I’m sure David was referring to actual physical enemies, but maybe our enemy is busyness.
We are battling a calendar filled with things we must get done that day. We are battling a culture that praises us for taking 0 time for ourselves and giving it all to everyone and everything else. When we become too “busy” we get burnt out, our emotions change, and eventually we will crash and burn because we can’t keep up. Take heart friends, even God took a rest day after creating this earth. So can you. You do not need to be dictated by a calendar filled with endless places to be and things to do.
We are encouraged to take time for ourselves, in peace with our family, and especially away from everything in our lives to focus on some 1:1 time with Jesus. You feel like you can’t keep up? Turn to God. If you feel like you can’t get through another day? Talk to God. I don’t believe we were made to constantly be running low. Cars can only make is so far without gas (for those of you with an electric car, high five but those still run out eventually too). Pack your schedule with priorities and it’s okay if that also means nothing. For the sake of writing something down, write down ‘do nothing’.
When we put on the armor of God, we fend off the enemy. If you need a reminder that it’s okay to not be busy, here’s your reminder. It’s okay to slow down, have a clear calendar, and not be busy.