When your life is crazy busy, how do you cope? How do you survive? No really. I want to know. Chaotic lives seem to be the norm these days. We are a culture on the go. Everything needs to be handed to us in less than five minutes. Why? Because time is valuable. And none of us seem to have enough of it.
When did it get this bad? Take moms for example. We are no longer allowed to be just good and caring moms who love and raise our children well. We have to excel at planning activities, packing extravagant school lunches, coordinating insane schedules, cooking like a gourmet chef, and planning themed birthday parties that are over the top and ultra creative. How do we find time to be moms (or decent wives) in the midst of all this coordinating and planning?
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And He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while.” (For there were many people coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.) – Mark 6:31
I firmly believe that busyness was never God’s plan for us. This is clear throughout His Word. He so desperately wanted to spare us from a crazy busy life that He established an entire day of rest at the beginning of creation! When was the last time you ACTUALLY took an ENTIRE day off from any and all work?! Most of us can’t even fathom it. Even when I’m spending a “family” day at home, my day is spent cooking, cleaning, and prepping for the work week.
So how do we cope when life is crazy busy?
- Learn to say ‘no.’ This step is so practical and so simple, yet many of us don’t put it to use. Perhaps you need to say ‘no’ to that additional activity for your children. Or maybe you need to step back from a commitment that is consuming your time and leading to unrest in your life. If you’re anything like me, learning to say ‘no’ means learning to be content when I can’t get everything done on my to-do list.
- Find your strength in God. Sometimes we can’t say ‘no.’ Sometimes we are faced with a crazy time in our lives that is beyond our control. When my second daughter was born, I was faced with such a time. To say my life was crazy busy would be a serious understatement. I had an 18-month old daughter and a fussy newborn to take care of… I was exhausted. It was in these moments that God taught me to find my rest and strength in Him.
- Lean on loved ones for support. We are called to be united and to encourage one another towards growth in Christ. And through it all, we are also called to be present in each other’s lives. God gave us each other to rely on in difficult circumstances. He never intended for us to go through life on our own.
When life is crazy busy, we need to take it to God.
Because in the end, it is His strength and His wisdom that we can rely on to bring about peace in our lives.
*Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.