Pre-quarantine, if someone asked, “Hey! How’ve you been?” was your knee-jerk response any of the following:
- “So busy!”
- “Keeping busy!”
- “You know us, there’s always so much going on!”
- “Always on the go!”
- Or something along those lines?
If so, welcome to the unofficial support group, Busyholics Anonymous. This post is for you!
Today, we’re exploring the secondary gains, or hidden benefits, we get from being busy, so we can acknowledge and overcome them together. Busyness definitely activates our internal reward system because it:
- Makes us feel important and needed
- Gives us a sense of accomplishment
- Is a socially acceptable excuse to avoid intimacy or other things we don’t want to face
- Makes us “heroes.” Who doesn’t love to hear someone say, “Well, I just don’t know how she does it all!”
But at what cost? What is the true effect of busyness on our lives? Let’s see, it keeps us from being present, creates anxiety, generates feelings of “not being enough,” builds barriers between people, distracts us from our spiritual lives and families, and makes us forget our goals and dreams. Not worth the price, if you ask me!
Today, we’re going to connect those dots. As we come out of quarantine, it is vital to recognize the pitfalls of an over-packed schedule, so we can deliberately make healthier choices for us and our families. In tomorrow’s prompt, you’ll put today’s revelations to use as you prayerfully design your post-quarantine “new normal.”
Overflowing Jesus Journal: Day 23
Read the following verse and let it sink into your soul.
Luke 10:38-42 (NIV) – 38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
When you’re ready, say a prayer for God to reveal his wisdom to you through your writing, and then journal your answers to the following as a prayer:
- What positive experiences or feelings do you get from being busy? What hidden or subconscious benefits do you get from it? Why do you think you feel that way?
- What negative experiences or feelings accompany being “too busy?”
- What is the true impact of excessive busyness on your life?
- How will this knowledge help you in the future?
- Write three things you’re thankful for from the last 24 hours! No repeats from previous entries allowed!
If this is your first time here, or it’s your first time prayer journaling and you want more prayer journal prompts, AWESOME! Start with Day 1. It explains the whole concept. You can also use the prompts from the posts that follow it get the full healing experience. Click the left arrow, below, and it will take you through them in chronological order.
No pressure though! If you’re crunched on time, you can treat them like a buffet and only write on the ones that inspire you or tug at your spirit. Let the Lord guide you through your process. This is your journey and I’m thrilled that this little blog is a part of it!
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Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!