Day 18

Better one handful with tranquillity than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind. Ecclesiastes 4:6

AuthorChris Hazell addresses the spiritual problem of busyness in his article, Is Busyness Jeopardizing Our Souls? Jesus asked a similar question: What shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul? And certainly we are trying to gain something in all of this busyness. Isn’t that the start of it, at least? Approval of a new boss, approval of family or friends, approval of teachers and coaches, approval of colleagues, approval of the organization that voted us to the board. We put forth extreme effort to be a super mom, a super wife, a super dad, a super daughter, a super son. We live in the car taking our kids to school clubs, sports, and anything else that keeps them just as busy as we are. (And doesn’t our children’s busyness validate our super parenting?) Our intentions are often pure. But the treadmill starts going faster, faster, faster until we’re sweating, and panting, and fearful that we’ll fly off this frantic treadmill of life - and then what? And for what? At this point, we forget what those pure intentions were. And we find ourselves in a trap - the trap of busyness - and our time with God is whittled down to playing an audio devotional while we put on our mascara or shave or rush the kids to school. We often hit replay because we realize that our minds are wandering to our mental to-do list, and we aren’t even hearing what the voice coming from our electronic device is saying. During this time of isolation, when most of us have been forced off the busy treadmill, we should reflect on our lives. What can we change to save our souls?

Pray Psalm 90:1-3;8-10; 12-14:

1 Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. 2 Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

3 You turn people back to dust, saying, “Return to dust, you mortals.”

8 You have set our iniquities before you,

our secret sins in the light of your presence.

9 All our days pass away under your wrath;

we finish our years with a moan.

10 Our days may come to seventy years,

or eighty ,if our strength endures;

yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow,

for they quickly pass, and we fly away.

12 Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

13 Relent, Lord! How long will it be? Have compassion on your servants. 14 Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.

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