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.