Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Spell Check, please...

This week's quote is:
"Busyness is not a spiritual gift."
From an interview with ~ Lisa Harper ~

At age 12, Jesus possessed more wisdom than I can ever hope to gain.

His parents visited Jerusalem for the Passover feast, then began their journey back to Nazareth, thinking that Jesus was among the crowd they traveled with. Much later they discovered He was missing and began a frantic search for Him, ending up back in the Temple in Jerusalem. They found him sitting among the stodgy old teachers of the Law, confounding them by His knowledge of God's word.

When questioned about it by His parents, He replied, "Don't you know I must be about my Father's business?"

How often I mistake the busyness of the day for doing my Father's business. As a pastor's wife, I found it was easy to get over involved in church activities because important things needed to be done. but no one else wanted to do them.

All those activities were good - part of the work I did for God. But every time I became more focused on doing for Him rather than being His, the business of serving God became mere busyness. My heart wasn't really in it -I grumbled and complained about the work I was doing. Busyness became an excuse to avoid the personal, intimate, spiritual nurturing time I desperately needed.

He wants to work with each of us until we become the unique creations He wants us to be. When I focus on Him, I am able to discover my spiritual gifts and their intended uses. I manage my time and energies as a god steward. My bus"i"ness is His work and not mere busy work.

If you would like to join us on: Tuesday, April 24th you are invited to post your thoughts about the quote on your blog, then visit Christine at "Fruit in Season" to read her take on the quote and to leave your link along with the other participants.



Terri @ In His Hands said...

Great post! Congratulations on publishing your first book, it looks fascinating!


Laurel Wreath said...

"Busyness became an excuse to avoid the personal, intimate, spiritual nurturing time I desperately needed."

Oh I love that sentence because that hit me right at home =)

Great post.

Pearls of Wisdom said...

I love your post. I could really relate as I have done the same. Thank you so much for sharing. Congratulations on publishing your book.

Angel ( Angel Mama Pearls of Wisdom)

Denise said...

Wonderful post, thanks for sharing.

Nancze said...

Thank you for a beautiful post. It was a blessing. God Bless

Amydeanne said...

hehe, it's probably why we misspell business and busyness! (smacking my head.. hence your title right? lol)

Great post!

Christine said...

Great points! I know many of those people that end up taking on extra because they just "have to get done" and no one else is doing them. A noble gesture, but not always what God wants us to do! Thanks for participating.

MiPa said...

I, too, use busyness to avoid the intimate nurturing I sometimes need. Thank you for highlighting that possibility. Blessings...