I love peanut butter. Seriously. It is a meal, in my personal opinion. I love to spread it over toast/bagel/English muffin and cover it in honey. And it’s perfect for filling in the holes of a waffle. Or, just a big ole spoonful straight out of the jar. As a friend recently said, “Aren’t apples just an excuse to eat more peanut butter?”
Sometimes it is just too much of a good thing. I try to spread peanut butter over my carb of choice and it just tears it apart. It’s a mess. No longer the enjoyable mid-afternoon snack but a big glob that has torn it’s very foundation apart. When it gets really crazy in my life, I tell my kids I feel like too much peanut butter on white bread. I think it is the ultimate illustration of busyness.
Do you know what it feels like to have too much of a good thing?
I think we can be our own worst enemies when it comes to the good things in life. We sacrifice endlessly to keep our kids in the right programs, date our spouses enough, make the right charity events and sugar coat it all with birthday parties, weddings and holiday gatherings. Lets not forget we do all of this with the successful careers we always wanted (or forcing ourselves to do a job that gets us by) while keeping the house clean, the pets fed and the lawn mowed. Am I forgetting something? Oh, yeah, lets throw in a Netflix marathon of the latest hot TV series, reading the latest novel and getting in 30min of the latest exercise craze. Don’t forget to call your mom and dad, send out this month’s cards and order those new shoes from Amazon. Wouldn’t it be nice if we really made time for coffee with our best friend?
Have I missed anything? I’m positive I have. The list of to-do’s and the bar to reach and the agenda to fill is different for everyone. But the feeling remains the same. We all have amazing lives but maybe just a little too much (or a lot) of a good thing. So much so that when we attempt to fit it all in, we are literally torn apart.
In the crazy attempt to have it all, we miss it all. We become stressed. We don’t eat right. We don’t sleep. Seriously, who has time for sleep? We have anxiety, depression and road rage. We miss out on the gratefulness for what we have because we allow it to become a burden.
Is there a solution to our desire to have all of the good things even to the very destruction of our own lives?
Prioritize!! God. Spouse. Family. Friends. ….. If it doesn’t benefit the things you say are most important, Let it Go. “Better to have little, with fear for the Lord,
than to have great treasure and inner turmoil.” Proverbs 15:16
Be Grateful!! If you no longer appreciate the abundance of blessings, it’s time to makes some changes. “Always give thanks for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5:20
Repent!! Yeah, it’s your own fault you are where you are. It’s just too much of a good thing. I totally understand. But, let’s not dwell on what we’ve done and instead make some changes to begin living the lives we are intended to live. “We know that our old life, our old sinful self, was nailed to the cross with Christ. And so the power of sin that held us was destroyed. Sin is no longer our boss.” Romans 6:6
Don’t get mad at yourself for being busy. But, don’t stay there. Seriously, say NO. You are going to upset a few people. But, it’s ok. You might enjoy a Saturday afternoon in your own back yard watching the kids play.
You are going to struggle with FOMO, Fear of Mission Out. It’ll happen, no doubt. Especially once all the pictures without you hit your social network. But, it’ll be ok. I promise. That extra hour of sleep every night this week just added a year to your life.
Your kids are already amazing. I promise. There are a million great things to have your kids involved in. And, yes, all of them will help them become productive members of society when they grow up. But, at the end of the day, aren’t we teaching them to get on the same hamster wheel we desire to jump off of on a daily basis? Consider the opportunity to teach your kids to prioritize the things that matter most.
As much as I love my peanut butter, I love a full calendar. But just like the days I over do it, too much good in my life will destroy the very foundation that holds it all together. Let’s not be deceived in letting our busyness separate us from the one who intends to truly bless us. Let’s not believe the lie that our checklists or accomplishments define us. Prioritize and be grateful for all you have been given. And repent when once again you overindulge in the temptations of busyness.
I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man. Eccle. 3:10-13
My friends, I pray for you, as I pray often for myself. May we learn to seek His face genuinely in the midst of all of the good life has too offer. May it be so heavy in our hearts to know His eternal promise that the burdens of our busyness never are too weighty to bear. And when our busy lives begin to consume our gratefulness and distract us from His purpose, I pray we know sooner than later, that it is time to turn and repent from the distractions.