So Busy That We're Lazy

Do you ever read an article, a passage of Scripture, or maybe just a tweet that makes you stop and say, "Wow. That's what I needed to read right now."

Carolyn Arends is a regular columnist for Christianity Today, and I like to read her articles for two reasons:
1. They are easy to read, and
2. They're short.

In the June issue, Arends talks about the danger of pastors becoming lazy. "What?" I asked myself, surrounded by to-do lists and email drafts (and a half-written blog entry). "Isn't it obvious that I am the opposite of lazy with all of this work?" Reluctantly, I read on, and I'm so glad that I did. Arends goes on to quote theologian Eugene Peterson: "Sloth is most often evidenced in frantic running around, trying to be everything to everyone, and then time to become the person who is doing these things."* I looked once again at the lists, emails, and half-written blog. I once again considered that I was reading this article simply because it fit into my busyness.

The truth is that we are all susceptible to slothfulness, no matter what our professions. Being too busy makes us lazy in the area of "being still and knowing that God is God" (Psalm 46).

So, friends, don't be sloths. Laugh at yourselves for the unusual ways in which you've been lazy. And then take time to make some changes. Meditate on a scripture with your electronic devices stored in another room. Pray for more than just the length of a food blessing. Be with God. Be with yourself. Now that this blog entry is now fully-written, I think I'll do just that.

grace & peace to each of you
Pastor Darian

* Arends, Carolyn. "Hardworking Sloths," Christianity Today, Volume 55, No. 6, (Mark Galli, ed.), June 2011 (page 64).