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Jason is the founder of Ignite Student Ministries, a dynamic ministry igniting youth, young adults and university students to passionately pursue Christ and transform society in high schools, work places and universities around the world.

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Too Darn Busy

Jason VanaJason Vana

too darn busy

I’m a busy person.

I work a full time job.
Help run an international ministry.
Design and market businesses in my spare time.
Mentor youth and college ministry leaders.
Spend time with friends.
Cook, clean, buy groceries, do laundry.

The list goes on and on.

Chances are, you’re pretty busy, too.

It just seems to be the way life is going. Gone are the days of having spare time on your hands. The days of hobbies, lounging around, and being still.

Everyone, everywhere, is just busy.

If we’re honest with ourselves, most of us just like being busy.
I know I do.

Busy makes us feel important.
It makes us feel needed.
It gives the illusion that our lives matter.
That we’re accomplishing something of great importance.

Busy helps us cope.

It allows us to push aside those thoughts we just don’t want to deal with, bury the fears we have about ourselves, and pretend that everything is okay.

When you’re too busy to sit still, you don’t have to think about what you’re doing with your life.
Or where you’re weak.
Or where you need improvement.

Being busy is a drug most of us are addicted to. And it’s ruining our lives. Tweet this

Can I offer an alternative suggestion? A different perspective on how to live?

Get less busy.

Give up some of the tasks you’ve taken on.
Step down from some of organizations you help with.
Stop saying yes to every serving opportunity that comes your way.
Be okay with not accomplishing everything you want to do in a day.
Make some hard choices of what is most important to you – and cut out the rest.

While being busy may give us the illusion that our lives matter, more often than not, it’s keeping us distracted from the most important things.

Family.
Friends.
God.

No one is remembered for how many serving opportunities they took, or how many activities they juggled, or the number of blog posts they wrote.

We’re remembered for the impact we made in the lives of others.

The greatest impact we can make with our lives is to focus on that which is most important. Tweet this

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to live differently – to stop being too darn busy and start being intentional with the things that really matter.

What could you cut out of your life today to give you more time to focus on the things that truly matter? Leave a comment below.

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Jason is the founder of Ignite Student Ministries, a dynamic ministry igniting youth, young adults and university students to passionately pursue Christ and transform society in high schools, work places and universities around the world.

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  • dkzody
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    Retiring from a 21-year teaching career has given me time to sit with God and contemplate what He would have me do. Being very quiet and very still does make it easier to hear God. It is not what I can do, but rather what God can do through me. I can also be ready to answer calls that come asking me to do certain tasks. Being busy is no longer important. Doing God’s work is.


    • Jason Vana
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      I love this mindset! Doing God’s work and being busy aren’t the same thing. Thanks for sharing!


  • Loren Pinilis
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    A post after my own heart!
    We wear busyness like a badge of honor. We complain about it, but part of us loves that we’re important enough to feel busy. But I think a large source of busyness also comes because we don’t want to make the tough decisions about what gets cut out of our schedule – just like you mention in this post.


    • Jason Vana
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      Since writing this post, and being challenged with the concept from Bill Hybels’ Simplify small group videos, I’ve noticed how much I glorify being busy in my own life – and how often I use it as an excuse. I’m in the process of making the hard decisions of what to cut. It’s not fun, but necessary.


  • Kasey
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    BUSY = Bound Under Satan’s Yolk. Good post. i am in a similar “what to cut” process right now. It also leads to discussion about what God means when He says He wants us to have a “Sabbath.” Rest is very important, but is often downplayed because it “doesn’t get anything done,” or “isn’t spiritual enough.” It’s all about age, stage, maturity level, and as you stated, impact on other people for Christ.


    • Jason Vana
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      Kasey – I love the acronym. It’s so true. We often think being busy must mean we’re doing something great for God, but often it’s just bondage that holds us back. I just read a few weeks back about how when God sent the children of Israel into exile, one of the reasons was that they failed to upload the Jubilee – taking a year off of planting to give the land a sabbath and canceling debts. God puts a high emphasis on having a Sabbath.