Have You Had Enough Fun Today?

_DSC1539Have you had enough fun today?  “Busy-ness” seems to be the newest addiction. Rather than worrying about whether it carries a stigma, as most other addictions do, we tend to flaunt it as a badge of honor.

Many of us can’t resist talking about how packed our schedules are, how rushed we are, and how it would be impossible to squeeze in one more thing–especially at this time of year. Hoping to let people know how much we are in demand, how productive and essential we are, we pile it on.

But, frankly, too much busy-ness sort of takes the fun out of life.  One evening as I was helping my then-three-year-old son get ready for bed, this usually happy-go-lucky child began to cry.

“Jonathan, what’s the matter?” I asked.

“I haven’t had enough fun today,” he said.

I know the feeling, don’t you?

My blogging partner Mary recently recalled a pastor’s provocative statement: “All addictions are a disorder of worship.”

She and I have been pondering that puzzling quote lately as it applies to busy-
ness. There’s a verse in the Bible that says, “Be still, and know that I am God” (Ps. 46:10).

So at this busiest time of the year, we’re asking ourselves, “Who or what are we worshiping?”

This same God says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Mt. 11:28).

So let’s be still and recognize Who God Is. (Hint: It’s not you, and it’s not me.) Take a break. And if anyone asks why you’re goofing off, tell ’em God gave you permission.

Happy THANKSgiving from the Country Cousin and the City Cousin,

Sharon and Mary