I hope and pray this post finds you rested. But chances are, if you're reading a blog about the glorification of "busy" (OR the topics addressed here related to millennial entrepreneurship interest you), then something tells me this one might hit home.
Honestly, ya'll, I'm sick of the word busy. It's very common when I catch up with someone who hasn't seen me in a while for them to say, "It seems like you've been busy lately!"
I get it. It's a conversation starter and yes, it is quite a busy season in this stage of life. You're right! Balancing a job, 818 Ministries, traveling (for both), family and friends is tough. But let's take a look at the definition of busy.
Definition of busy:
1a: engaged in action
b: being in use
2: full of activity
3: foolishly or intrusively active
4: full of distracting detail
Is that what you want to be known for? Is that what you want your life to be marked by? I started realizing a couple months ago smack dab in the middle of a podcast interview (that should release soon, BTW!) that I was sick of being defined by/as "busy".
I want my life to be more than "foolishly or intrusively active", don't you? I want to become more like Christ with with each day that passes this side of eternity. I want to act, live and speak in such a way that others desire to experience more of who He is.
But if I'm going to live in that way, I need to slow down. Waaaaay down. How do I expect Him to speak to me if I'm not still long enough to hear His whisper?
In the middle of that podcast interview when I was asked the question, "How do you balance it all in this season of busy-ness?" I remember thinking, "Jesus. I just need Him. I need Him in the quiet, still places that I so often try to avoid. That's all.
Then, one day I started reflecting on Psalm 23 and He opened my eyes in a new way to this passage (particularly vs. 2-3).
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,[a]
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. Doesn't that just make you want to curl up with a warm PSL and a blanket and bend a listening ear to Him? YES!
However, I will say in the mundane of the everyday I often trade green pastures and quiet waters for social media, un-prioritized work and to-do lists. I want the "restoring of my soul" but sometimes the "lying down" long enough to be still part is hard for me.
I want and need quiet time in His Word in order for my soul to be restored. I want to sit at His feet...just for the sake of experiencing His presence.
He will fight for us. We just need to be still. (Exodus 14:14)
He gives strength to the weary and power to the weak. (Isaiah 40:29)
We shouldn't fear, for He is always with us. (Isaiah 41:10)
Though the mountains may shake and the hills may be removed, His love for us will not be shaken. (Isaiah 54:10)
Wow. I don't want to miss Him. I don't want to miss what He has to say to me or a reminder of His promises to me in Scripture.
If you've never read the book Having a Mary Heart In A Martha World by Joanna Weaver, I highly encourage it. It uses the story of Mary and Martha to invite every women who's ever felt she isn't godly enough, isn't loving enough or isn't doing enough to His feet in the midst of a busy world. I love these words of Joanna in Chapter Two:
"But rest assured, God will answer. He longs to reveal his love to you. But you won't find it by shaking your fist in his face. You won't find it by barging into his presence and demanding to be treated fairly. You'll find it by sitting at his feet and remembering who he is.
Emmanuel. God with us.
He knows the journey is difficult. He knows life is rarely fair. Jesus fought the same frigid winds of distraction, discouragement, and doubt that keep us from knowing God's love. But like the Father, he longs to gather us in his arms. He longs to trade the flimsy blankets of our own self-sufficiency for his all-sufficiency. The Lord Jesus invites us to cast our doubts, our fears and anxiety upon him, to discover how much he really does care.
Trust me, my child, he whispers, "I have your ultimate goal in mind."
Challenge for the week:
1. Create margin to spend extra time with the Lord in the midst of the everyday. Find a time that works well with your schedule (I will say, morning is best for me).
2. Find some space for yourself. Take a walk, a bath, call a friend, read a book. No matter what it is, I think we all need a little more time to take care of ourselves.
This week's giveaway will help someone carve out a little time for themselves! I've partnered with Sanctuary Beauty, a giveback company that creates AMAZING bath bombs and gives 10% of sales proceeds to provide nutritious meals, school supplies and other services to vulnerable children living in the Langbos settlement in Western Cape, South Africa.
They are giving away a box of bath bombs this week to a Do The Thing Movement Insider! It's super easy to enter:
1. Follow @rebecca.dotson and @sanctuary.beauty on the 'gram!
2. Join our email list by entering your email below to become a Do The Thing Movement Insider!
It will close Sunday night, October 28th at 8PM EST. Good luck!
Your biggest cheerleader,
Prayer for the entrepreneur:
Jesus, you will fight for me. You will never leave me. You give me strength. Your love never fails. I don't want to miss any of these promises. I don't want to miss YOU, even and especially in the everyday. I want to carve out time this week to sit in Your presence and dwell on Your word. Renew my mind and help me focus so I don't get distracted. Then, when you speak, help me to listen.
In Your name,