Addicted to Busy

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Addicted to Busy

My young friend tells me he will always be a recovering addict. His contention is that everyone is addicted to something. I tell you I am glad for he and his family. His addiction of choice is one from which he is recovering and been clean of for longer than I can recall.

His words still haunt me, “Everyone is addicted to something.” It is easy to spot a meth addict. Dentists see more people who fool themselves into thinking no one knows of their addiction than they care to admit. Alcoholics may be functional in society but eventually those daydreams become nightmares of impending death.

Some addictions may be easy to spot. But, if my young friend is right and everyone is addicted to something, then my guess is most people are addicted to busy. Their drug of choice is not the ingesting of an alien substance; it is filling life with so many things you do not have to face yourself, or others for that matter. It is just a race. No real time for people while at the same time surrounded by people. It is an illusion.

Weekly worship forces a different rhythm. Protecting the slow, sometimes boring, methodical sameness of weekly worship may even be a rescue. In those instances, it may well provide a place where we might hear the very thing that gives life. Jesus gave his life so that you would not have the need to fill it so full that you fail to enjoy it as it was meant to be. “No,” is a good answer to that one more request.

Spiritual habits sometimes get a bad rap. They are often gauged more on what I get out of it than how does it benefit my life. Sabbath and worship may well be two of the more Divinely inspired habits always intended to help us be more human than we try to be. Addiction to busy makes of us robots following schedules and appointments. Children and communities suffer. But, none suffer more than the addict himself or herself.

Maybe it is time you found help with our addiction.

Jesus invites people into his life and his way. He takes what is and points to the new way of the Kingdom of God.  Come see what this journey is all about!

One way to think about the mission of Jesus - He calls into question the way things are and points to the way things may be in the Kingdom of God. 

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