How to Move From Busy to Reverence when anyone asks, “Hey, are you busy right now?”
Oh. Wow. How should I respond to that?
Many things occupy our attention and can distract us from what is most important – taking care of the people we serve. In addition to serving my family, I currently serve as a Chaplain at a hospital. One of their Core Values is Reverence – “We honor the sacredness and dignity of every person.” How can we move from busy to reverence?
How can we intentionally practice reverence when things are crazy, hectic and busy?
The word “busy” is used a lot these days and has become engrained in our culture.
Sometimes it’s used as an apology – “I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to get back to you. I’ve just been so busy.”
Or sometimes it could be an affirmation – “I’ve been so busy today. Look what I’ve accomplished!”
We often don’t realize the negative connotations it might have for our church family, our spouse and children or our colleagues, however the word is used.
Busy is synonymous for:
- tied up
The word “busy” suggests that our people do not have our full attention.
Imagine Jesus telling YOU “Hey, I’m too busy to help you out. I’ve got this emerging terror problem in the Middle East. I’m really buried over here with all the violence and I just can’t deal with your little car problems or your kids vomit. Sorry. I’m slammed.”
Consider using alternative words, in order to practice moving from busy to reverence:
- In high demand
If a person says something like “You’re busy, I don’t want to bother you,” you can use these phrases to help change their perception and remind them that they are important. You can move from busy to reverence:
- I’m not too busy for you.
- That’s why we’re here!
- That’s because we are good at what we do.
- That’s okay – we love you!
We’re moving into the Summer months fast and furious! Summer is a time of planning and preparation for the Fall and for the next ministry year. Life will come at us fast where we will all have very full, eventful schedules, and are likely to be in high demand, let’s continue to remember our core value of Reverence and practice it through the words we use.
We’re not too busy for you. We love you!
Stuck in busy mode and don’t know how to get out?
We also wrote a more in-depth about Multitasking and being focused in our article, Multitasking is a Waste!
If you want to change the “Crazy Busy” cycle in your life, check out this great new resource by Pastor Kevin DeYoung. You’ve GOT to get this and change the way your world thinks about this subject! It’s only SIX PAGES LONG and comes in a pack of 25, which you can spread to others super fast. Get it here.