Would you rather be busy or bored? Busyness is a tricky thing. Sometimes it drives us crazy, while other times it brings out the very best in us. The difference is of course how you view what you’re doing.
Recently I have been faced with some challenges that have kept me very busy. They are all good things, but my workload has increased and I have been forced to dig down deeper to focus and to get things done. Admittedly, this has been difficult. It’s like trying to have your head in the game, remember all the nuances and details and players and plays, and then turning around and getting into another game and keeping up with all of the same things.
Do you ever feel like that? It’s like you are a space traveler, frantically visiting all the planets of your little solar system trying to govern and manage all the individual necessities without any wars, riots, or catastrophic events. Yeah, me too.
The interesting thing about being busy is that we begin to grow in our capacity to carry weight. At least, this is what we hope will happen. Really the only alternative is failure. It’s sink or swim. Increased responsibility means either grow or go home.
As we lead and manage teams and people, especially as followers of Christ, when the weight increases we begin to see that we cannot do it alone. This causes us to call on God to ask for strength and help and a greater capacity to handle what we’ve been given. This of course is a very good thing because it draws us closer to Him, especially when we start to see Him come through for us in incredible ways.
I’ve had some experiences like that this week. With so many things on my plate that require MAJOR help from God, I have spent a good portion of my time asking Him for His help and guidance. I am embarrassed at my surprise when He comes through on my behalf. You mean all I have to do is ask God to move and He will? How often do I try to do things on my own without such a fervent sense of begging God to move? No wonder I’m so often left dissatisfied with the results. Expect little, get little. You reap what you sow.
But as I said, this is such a blessing from God to see this hardship. They are big time faith-builders because they grow my confidence that God will come through when I call on Him.
So it has me thinking, what else is available to me if I seek Him diligently? If I’ve been content with low expectations, what would happen if I began to have high expectations all the time, not just when I was so busy I knew I couldn’t do it alone? Maybe there is more out there than I realize, ready for the taking if I will believe and ask in faith.
What “more” is out there that you’re sure you can’t have? Maybe it really is there for you, all you have to do is ask God for it. Jesus said in John 14:13 “Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”
So give it a try. Ask. There is more than what you have now.