Busyness is Next to Godliness


Busyness is next to Godliness.In most churches we act like busyness is next to Godliness.  We strive to be busy.  We encourage people to come to the service, be in a small group, serve, be in a Sunday school class, join a marriage class, help in children’s ministry, help in student ministry, make coffee, work in the parking lot, host a small group, play in the softball league, and the list goes on and on.  Children’s choir, family events, trips to theme parks, and scrapbooking night round out our calendar.  I too have encouraged people to add “just one more thing” to their already overcrowded schedule.

When have you seen a church that encourages people to stay home?

But the church isn’t the only one at fault.  How many individuals have you ever seen get a promotion because they took a vacation?  The workplace is just as bad; often making it hard to take off work, or not giving enough vacation days.  We live in a world where we view busyness as the ultimate utopia.  Our capitalistic tendencies have taken the concept of “a man must work to eat” and ignored the Sabbath rest God commands in the Old Testament.

We rarely take time to just be aware of his presence, let alone spend a whole day doing it.  “I’ve got a yard to mow,” “kids to drop off at birthday parties,” or “this church potluck.”  Promising ourselves life will slow down.  But it doesn’t.

Busyness isn’t next to Godliness, it’s an addiction.

When have you had to stop doing something that was taking time away from what’s important to you?

3 responses to Busyness is Next to Godliness

  1. This is something that we noticed in our youth ministry so we are trying something new in a few weeks to try to rest. We are taking 7 weeks off from our mid-week time together and are being intentional about telling students, parents, and our adult leaders that this is meant to be a time for families to rest together, slow down, and build their relationships with each other.

  2. Chuck whitten 10/31/2012 at 10:27 AM


  3. Thomas Mason 10/31/2012 at 2:42 PM

    I believe the trick is to not get overly involved in things in the first place. “No” shouldn’t be a dirty word in the church.