There is a plague in our land. It is robbing and stealing life from people of all ages. It used to affect only a certain portion of the population, but it has spread to all kinds of people in our country. It is a communicable disease that causes death. It often starts in an undetected way, but usually progresses to destroy spiritual, emotional, relational and physical health.
Because this disease is curable, people often miss its deadliness … until it has ravaged lives. Its innocuous shortened street name is “Busyness,” but its clinical name is “Insidious Busyness.” It is insidious because it often undetected and develops gradually. Its initial symptoms can mask its real effects, even enticing its victims to drink deeper of its intoxicating ingredients. When properly diagnosed, however, it is easy to recognize, and its damaging effects become plain and clear.
This disease is so rampant and so entwined in the values of our culture, many don’t see its spiritual underpinnings and don’t take it seriously. Insidious Busyness is intended by the enemy of our souls to treacherously and deceitfully entrap each one of us in death – life apart from the deepening awareness of the presence of God and the power of the Holy Spirit. It can be simply defined as activity (real or perceived) that hinders a person from rightly experiencing and doing what is most important and/or beneficial. It is life without priorities and boundaries; it is no life at all.
Jesus said that He only did what He saw His Father doing; that by Himself He could do nothing ... that He only sought to please His Father. (John 5: 19, 30) He also taught His disciples, saying “If you remain in Me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5) Jesus prioritized His life around what He sensed was the activity and will of the Father, and He trained His disciples to live in like manner. “Insidious Busyness” chokes this life out of all those infected.
We must recognize this communicable disease for what it is, a plague that is killing men, women and children. We must call it by its real name, “Insidious Busyness,” and stop codling it in our lives and the lives of those we love. We must uproot the weeds in our lives, prune the activities that are good but not inspired or aligned with our priorities, and receive fresh life in the Holy Spirit.
~ Coach Tom
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