Crazy Busy Week 5

December 04, 2013
Jim Elmore

Well, I confess...Week 5 should have been posted last week, but Thanksgiving week set me back. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving, celebrating God's abundance in your life. As I read the last two chapters, I will have to say, not only was it a very good book, but It's the best one I've ever read on the subject, and, one I will continue to recommend to people to read.

Crazy Busy Week 5

Chapter 9  Embracing the Burdens of Business...You suffer more because you don't expect to suffer at all

"The reason we are busy is because we are supposed to be busy." Maybe our problem is that we are busy with "the wrong things." Our struggles with business come "because we do not expect to struggle."

If we are doing the right things, we will be busy. Thoughts?

Chapter 10   The one Thing You Must Do

"It is not enough to let 'Good-stuff' fill the cracks during the day. ... Sitting at the feet of Jesus, never just happens. We must make learning form him and taking time to be with him a priority."

"It's not wrong to be tired, It's not wrong to feel overwhelmed. ... What is wrong--is to live a life with more craziness than we want because we have less Jesus than we need."

This was an amazing chapter to cause us to take some serious inventory and reflect where we are at in our lives. I have started to think about my "devotional life" and its often haphazardness. I'm seeking God's help to redirect and re-focus on being still and quiet and take the time to listen.

I'm glad we had the chance to read this book. I would love your overall thoughts.

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December 09, 2013 8:00 PM

The key point I took from Chapter 9 was the sentence ‘But day in and day out we don’t expect to suffer. And the less we expect to suffer, the more devastating suffering becomes.’ This simple sentence helps remind me that life is a series of ups and downs and accepting that is growth. But how I deal with those ups and downs (mainly downs) in keeping God in my heart and the forefront of my thoughts is enlightenment and comfort. I realize the author is speaking to busyness as the ‘suffering’ piece and suffering also means sorrow, sadness, pride etc. To categorize busyness in that respect was interesting. I do need to do a better job on focusing each and every day on the Word, learning and listening. God always has the answers I am looking for if I focus my attention on him and our relationship. It sounds like the author is saying, as long as you are devoting your life to the Word of God, you will be busy in all of the right ways. The busyness doesn’t go away, but if it is aimed toward God’s glory it is good! Did I get that wrong?