Life is busy. Fact.
Short of signing up to a monastic order, this kind of pace will continue in the coming year! Truth is I would not have it any other way. I have a wonderful family, good friends, enjoyable leisure pursuits and a fulfilling ministry.
However, too often my life is characterised by “the tyranny of the urgent.” I allow responsibilities, deadlines and other people’s expectations to dominate my thinking and influence my actions. I caught a glimpse of the danger of this recently from two very different sources.
At a conference last month I heard the story of a woman who asked her neighbours to sum up what marked her out as a Christian. The majority response had a one word answer – “busyness.”
In “Life of Pi” the central character describes Christianity as “a religion in a rush…(it) bustles like Toronto at rush hour.”
It is sad that others looking on see this as the dominant value of an individual Christian and of the faith in general. My reaction is not so much a desire to change the outer circumstances of life as a longing to alter the attitude with which I look at, and live in the world.
Therefore, as I anticipate the coming twelve months (and look back to the issues I have just reflected on) I seek to make the following commitments:
Live with greater intentionality.
Avoid being driven by all that takes place in life.
Be more deliberate in my approach to life and ministry.
Do what I can to foster a greater sense of community in the church.
Cultivate a godly approach to all that I think, say and do.
My aim is to read the Bible more in order that I may cherish it more to the end that it will shape my character and influence my behaviour. However, I will seek to do this more in the company of others this year in order to escape the individualism that has been a scourge in the church for some time now.
Life is busy. Fact.
However, busyness does not need to be the defining characteristic of my life. Living with godly purpose is a far greater approach with which to enter 2013.