Addicted to Busy

We are all spread too thin, taking on more than we can handle, trying to do so much—almost as if we are afraid that if we were to take a moment of rest, we might discover that all our busyness is covering up an essential lack in our lives.

But God never meant for us to be so busy. God desires for us to have rest and peace. In Addicted to Busy: Recovery for the Rushed Soul, Brady Boyd, lead pastor at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, shows you how to live a life that embraces stillness and solitude, so you can find the peace that God wants for you.

Brady took some time to answer a few questions about his new book.

Q: This book reflects your own journey from “chaotic, busy living” to a more restful and rhythmic life. How bad was your own busyness addiction?

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Listening To The Writer

I haven’t written in a while.  In fact, a good friend and regular reader, pointed out that it has been nearly a month since my last post.  I must admit, until I received her email, I didn’t realize that much time had slipped by.  If I was too busy to post before her email, there was no hope of me posting when her email came through - it arrived in the midst of one of my busiest weeks in a while.  I’ve had long hours at work, a one-day weekend  and events stretching me past the 10:00 pm mark every night.  

 

As my week progressed, my “to-do” list for the upcoming weekend grew.  When your life is always “go, go, go”, even looking forward to knocking out the lesser priorities on a day off or two takes on an appealing aura of relaxation.  I fell asleep last night with grand plans of sleeping in (I was exhausted after all!) and then running errands.  God, it seems, had other plans for me, and it started with a headache.

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The Intersection Introduction

One day I’m going to travel to a monastery on some remote mountaintop and just be still for a whole week. If you were a gambling man or woman, it would be smart to bet that I wouldn’t make it that long. Going two days without any disruption of any kind sounds amazing, but I think my attempt at respite would be met by delirium. You see, it hasn’t been quiet in my little world for a long time.

It has a lot to do with having little toddlers running around, but even with the absence of miniature me’s and their shenanigans, I would have no problem busying myself. See, I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but we live in a very loud, busy, claustrophobic-inducing culture.

I ride the New York City subways everyday, which means at any moment I could get a rude shoulder to the chin, a beggar panhandling for a dollar or if I’m lucky, a seat crammed in the corner by the shrieking brakes.

My default position is to insert white earbuds in while Coldplay attempts to take me to an ethereal place. It works for a song or two, but the hustle and bustle of the day overwhelms even the best stanzas.

Inserted into the craziness of the day are things that never existed a decade ago: Blackberries, iPhones, Facebook updates, Twitter tweets,RSS feeds, Hulu, TiVo, spam mail, text messaging. With all these things competing for your precious time, is it any surprise that none of us have time to feed the soul? As Socrates said famously, “An unexamined life is not worth living.”

My blog has a simple mission: to observe how faith intersects with the other parts of our lives. Most of the time it’ll be simple observations, but hopefully, once in a while there will be some level of profundity. Either way, I’m happy to be a part of this community. Here’s to being a part of your intersection. 

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