Busy Much?


April 2, 2013

Solitude and Serenity
by Charles R. Swindoll

Make your ear attentive to wisdom,
incline your heart to understanding.
Proverbs 2:2

An inner restlessness grows within us when we refuse to get alone [with God] and examine our own hearts, including our motives.

As our lives begin to pick up the debris that accompanies a lot of activities and involvements, we can train ourselves to go right on, to stay active, to be busy in the Lord’s work.

Unless we discipline ourselves to pull back, to get alone for the hard work of self-examination in times of solitude, serenity will remain only a distant dream.

How busy we can become . . . and as a result, how empty! We mouth words, but they mean nothing. We find ourselves trafficking in unlived truths. We fake spirituality.

How easy to fall prey to meaningless talk, cliché-ridden responses, and mindless activities! It was never meant to be that way; but, more often than not, that’s the way it is.

To break the habit, solitude is required. The hard work of self-examination on a recurring basis is absolutely essential.


Excerpted from Charles R. Swindoll, Wisdom for the Way (Nashville: J. Countryman, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2001). Copyright © 2001 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Someone has said that being too B.U.S.Y is “Being Under Satan’s Yoke.”  How about you?  How do you preserve time to rest in Him?

4 thoughts on “Busy Much?

  1. RebeccaAarup

    “Unless we discipline ourselves…for the hard work of self-examination.” That is so brilliant! Self-examination is HARD WORK, and discipline in this area is essential for spiritual growth. I can’t even recount how many times I have been so distracted with “busy-ness” I have neglected this vital work. And how my relationships have suffered! But peace comes when I keep a clear conscience before God, and stay disciplined in balancing my life as a Christian. Including the areas of being a mom, wife, home-maker, writer, teacher, musician…etc. There’s a big difference in knowing the truth and applying the truth. Knowledge without practical application is useful for puffing up the ego and little more.

    1. securelyheld

      So true, Rebecca! He really hit me between the eyes with this one. How much am I doing to “gain the approval of others” instead of to the glory of God?


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