Hello Swamp Blog readers! I hope this blog post finds you all well-rested and prepared for a great week ahead (nothing like a little positivity to get through Monday, am I right?)
We are 4 days away from this year's Teen Retreat, And it's not too late to sign up! There are still some opening, so click here to register if you haven't already! It's going to be an amazing time of fun and fellowship for our teen ministries, and it is definitely my motivation to get through this week!
Something I've noticed being talked and shared about recently is the issue people have with busyness. I find it be one of the most interesting and revealing conversations. People find themselves feeling accomplished and satisfied with themselves because of how occupied they are in their daily lives. Early mornings, late nights, and living off three cups of coffee a day becomes the norm, and it's kind of like there is satisfaction in living like that.
If you're anything like me, I absolutely hate that feeling. I hate not having full nights of sleep, I hate not having time for people I want to spend time with, and I hate not having time for myself to just breathe. But for some reason, my life still looks like that most weeks, and I don't do much to change that.
But why is that? Why do we feel need to be busy? Why do we feel guilty for having a free afternoon instead of a tightly packed to-do list? Why do we glorify the busyness and the effect it has on us?
I'm sure we all have different responses to those questions, but for me, I think it's more a fear of disappointing others, and a fear of not being capable to withstand stress. Maybe for you it could be a disliking for the feeling of laziness. Or maybe you just actually feel fulfilled by being busy, and that's how you measure your accomplishment. To be honest, I think those would all be valid reasons. But what truly makes our intentions pure and good is the heart we have behind it.
"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters..."
- COLOSSIANS 3:23
Are we glorifying God in the things we do? Are we over-occupying ourselves and missing out on the joy and the glory of God? Are we under-occupying our time but still not finding rest in God? These are some pretty important questions I think we need to be asking ourselves!
I think one practical way we can practice doing things as if we are working for God is prayer. May sound cliché, but I think it's practical! Praying about the things we do, casting our anxieties to God, and hoping in our faith in Him will truly transform our hearts to doing things in his name.
Thanks for reading! I hope that this week despite all the busyness, we are glorifying God in everything we do! Until next week,
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