Living Rooted in Identity: Resisting Busyness


Today’s Reading: Ephesians 4

Remember, Self, that when people are around, that doesn’t mean they are in the way. Just because people exist and share space with you doesn’t mean that they are an interruption. What you are doing, while it may absolutely be important, is not more important than building unity with your people. Tasks, activities, hobbies, while all good ways to spend time are but a shadow of the richness that is deepening unity with those who love you and have thus far endured your life of doing instead of being.

You have this addiction to staying occupied, to keeping yourself busy, to staying in this isolation that you think you want because it lets you get stuff done, but, Self, one day you are going to look up from your busy that you think is a gift and discover that you have built yourself a lovely casket where you will die –alone. You were not made to occupy yourself. You were not made to keep yourself busy. You were not made to die alone in a self-made casket you crafted during all those years of self-centered doing because you were so afraid to let yourself believe that people are not an interruption, but that they are life and joy and wonder.

That fear you feel about connecting? That’s the enemy doing his darndest to prevent you from living an abundant life with your Family and your Father Who loves you. Don’t listen to him. He’s a liar from hell. You are made to live in community, to fellowship, to engage, to risk your own heart by loving others and welcoming them into your life.

“I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, urge you to walk worthy of the calling you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, accepting one another in love, diligently keeping the unity of the Spirit with the peace that binds us.”
-Ephesians 4:1-3, HCSB


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