By Rowan Jeffery (Year 9 Co-ordinator)
How do you respond to the following questions?
• Do you regularly work 30 minutes a day longer than your contracted hours?
• Do you check work emails and phone messages at home?
• Has anyone ever said to you ‘I didn’t want to trouble you because I know how busy you are’?
• Do your friends or family complain about not getting time with you?
• If tomorrow evening were unexpectedly freed up, would you use it to do work or a household chore?
• Do you often feel tired during the day or do you find your neck and shoulders aching?
• Do you often exceed the speed limit while driving?
• Do you make use of any flexible working arrangements offered by your employers?
• Do you pray with your children regularly?
• Do you have enough time to pray?
• Do you have a hobby in which you are actively involved?
• Do you eat together as a family or household at least once a day?
These are hard questions to answer and as we come into the Christmas season often life gets even more busy. So, what do we do? Busyness is epidemic in the Western World. Until recently, when you asked someone how they were you could expect to hear “fine” or “doing okay” Now the most likely response will include the word “busy”, “life’s busy” “I’m crazy busy”.
People are busy with family, parenting, work, with social lives, buying, selling, upskilling, carting kids to sport, taxiing kids to gymnastics, music lessons, answering emails, posting on Instagram and keeping up with friends on Facebook or in real life. Everyone is busy from the youngest to the oldest in today’s society. Busyness is a part of our day to day lives.
Being crazy busy is not good for us, it adversely affects us physically, emotionally and most importantly spiritually. People feel stretched, stressed, out of control and unable to stop. Busyness rather than God, provides the justification for our existence. Being over busy we show others we are important, we are performing correctly in society. We then receive the affirmation and reward in our lives. If we are not over busy we can often feel inferior, we are perceived as lazy or certainly of lesser worth.
Our Identity, meaning, purpose and trust must be found in God, centred in His acceptance of us, not based on our performance and what people see of us. As we head towards the Christmas season, it’s a wonderful time to reflect on God’s generosity and hopefully slow down.
In John 10:10 Jesus says – “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”
This abundance, and the need to share it, is at the heart of Jesus’s message – and of the BHCS mission. It’s something special to reflect on as we edge closer to Christmas and remember what the arrival of Jesus brought to our world – Good News for all people.
Maybe this Christmas we can slow down from the crazy busy and enjoy the reason for the season. Jesus.