“I’m sorry; I just can’t this week. I’m too busy.”
“If only I had more time, then I could finally get around to doing that. I’m just too busy.”
We’ve all said such words before. We endlessly feel like we have no time to do anything as we rush around, complaining of our extreme busyness.
We explain that we’d go to the gym if we had more time, that we’d call our grandma if life ever slows down, or that we’d help a friend with a project if things would get less hectic.
Years can pass, and we suddenly realize that we never got around to all these things we were going to do when our schedule cleared up. Yet, each day of those years was filled. We chose how to fill each day.
Maybe it’s not that we “are so busy” and do not have the time to do certain things so much as that we do not make the time. We all have twenty-four hours to fill each day.
Ultimately, from the time we get up to the time we go to bed, we choose what is going to fill those hours, fill our days, and thereby fill our lives. What we choose shows what really matters to us — what’s important. It reveals our priorities.
We may decide that going to school to get an education or going to work to provide for ourselves and our families is important. We may decide that talking to friends or co-workers is important. But every choice we make comes at a sacrifice of another choice.
We may decide that “me-time” watching more of our favorite TV show is more important than talking with our family. We may decide that meeting a friend for dinner is more important than learning how to play the piano as we’ve been meaning to for weeks.
Not all of the choices we make at the expense of other choices are bad. Some are simply personal preference. We can face problems, however, when our choices cause us to neglect our responsibilities — both our responsibilities to other people and to God.
Ultimately, what we choose to do with our time reveals where our heart is — or, more so, it reveals who is in control of our heart, and therefore our actions and time.
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it” (Proverbs 4:23 NIV).
Our actions reveal what’s important to us. What’s important comes from what has taken first place in our heart, from who is in control of our lives. And God has asked to be King over us — over every part of us — which includes letting Him be Lord of our time.
“Don’t waste your breath proclaiming what’s really important to you. How you spend your time says it all … There’s no sense talking about priorities. Priorities reveal themselves. We’re all transparent against the face of the clock.” — Eric Zorn
Here are some choices we face today:
- We can pick up our phones and check out, or we can tune in to the needs of people around us.
- We can use our time to creep on other people’s lives, or we can purpose to actually spend time with people.
- We can keep choosing to procrastinate on that one task because this show is just so good, or we can buckle down and see our dreams come true.
If it’s important enough to you, you will make time to do it. If He’s important enough to you, you’re going to let Him be King and surrender your everything — time and all.
It’s time to stop using the excuse of being “too busy” and face up to our choices. It’s time to take a look at our lives and see where our priorities lie. It’s time to see what we are willing to sacrifice and what we are willing to choose to make time for.
There is simply no such thing as “too busy.”
We all get 24 hours a day.
And the choices are up to us.
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