And so we try really hard to have a vibrant this or a thriving that. Between church participation and everyday life, faithfulness is busyness.
And it's really tiring. And if we're honest, unsustainable.
Two recent experiences have challenged this notion of busyness for me.
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Second, I attended a discussion with the authors of a book called The New Parish, in which we were led to consider ways in which Christians are called to engage their local spaces, seeking faithful presence in the details of everyday life. The theme of busyness came up several times, one presenter suggesting that busyness is a spiritual issue. Busyness, he suggested, hinders our innate need for relationship - connection to God and to others. Busyness, in this sense, is not a badge of faithfulness, but a barrier to it. As another presenter reminded, "we are human beings, not human doings."
As I navigate the many facets of my everyday life (spouse, parent, teacher, neighbor, etc...), it's easy to become consumed by busyness. But I think there is a better way, a necessary way. We need to stop trying so hard, instead making space to join the unforced rhytms of grace in our world.