A friend recently wrote to me that he spent his Christmas reading, writing, and watching little things outside of his window. It’s sad how busy people are these days – that often they miss doing those very things.

I’ve come to the conclusion that busyness is really a cancer that is gnawing at our society. We look to our level of busyness to define our own importance and self-worth, rather than having our identity rooted more deeply in less transient things. I must admit that at times I, too, have fallen into the trap of thinking of my busy life with a sense of pride. As if the more things we have pulling at us, the more important we are. How far from the truth this is! I’ve concluded that busyness, like leprosy, numbs us to the things that really matter.

Today, I would challenge you to sit down and consider what makes you valuable as a person. Because if it’s your level of busyness, you will ultimately become an emotional leper: numb to your surroundings, consumed by your busyness, robbing yourself of the abundant life.

“I come that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10)

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