“Busyness is the enemy of spirituality. It is essentially laziness. It is doing the easy thing instead of the hard thing. It is filling our time with our own actions instead of paying attentions to God’s actions. It is taking charge.” –Eugene Peterson (American clergyman, author of 30 books, scholar, poet)
Hello there blog friends– When I ran across this thought from Eugene Peterson, it was like he had just written it for me (and few of you other busy-bodies out there). Why is it so easy to fill my time with all things I think I need to do and find so little time to sit silent before God? It’s summer and I’m hoping to be less busy, more open to God’s call on my time and attention in the days ahead…
13 thoughts on “The Opposite of Busy”
You’re so right, Rhonda. One of the books on my list to read this summer is “Invitation to Solitude and Silence: Experiencing God’s Transforming Presence”. A friend of mine recommended it to me. This is part of the description on the back: This book is an invitation to you to meet God deeply and fully outside the demands and noise of daily life. I’m looking forward to reading it!
That sounds so worthwhile Daisy– I’m writing this title on m books to read list. Happy summer! xo
Dear Rhonda – busyness is laziness – sadly I couldnt agree more, thanks for sharing the quote – much easier to do than to be….hm have a lovely week Poli
You hit the nail on the head Poli– I’ve always been a “doer,” instead of a “be-er” It’s a struggle.
a struggle it is, me too, but I suspect this doesnt come as a surprise to you
Yes I would suspect that very thing– you seem so organized and productive — in a fun reflective sort of way.
What a wonderful thing to say Rhonda – I might have to print that out as inspiration on those days when I am feeling more harried than organized and productive! Thank you very much
very good quote! Hard to hear ……. but very good and necessary!
I know Cate– I have a hard time slowing myself down for what’s important. Love hearing from you…
Thanks so much for sharing this quote. It’s a great reminder for me this summer and any time!
Yes April– It did make me stop and think…
A very good quote indeed! x
HI Sophie– yep, this one slowed me down long enough to think.