The Illusion of Busyness

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Americans are busy.

Or at least they like to say that they are.

As an entrepreneur and college ministry director, I’m around a lot of “busy” people. While some people are legitimately busy, many people are operating under an illusion of busyness. We think we are a lot busier than we really are. Rather than focus on one assignment at a time in order to systematically knock them out, we try to multitask instead which often obliterates our productivity. Due to poor time management skills (and the constant temptation offered by email, social media, and cell phones), tasks that should take one hour to complete consume two, three, even four hours instead. Add to this the way our culture subconsciously equates a person’s “busyness level” with his/her value and success, and it’s no wonder people talk/brag/complain about how busy they are all the time

How can we shatter this illusion of busyness? Here are three pointers:  Read more of this post

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Listen Series, Part 1: Slow Down and Listen

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This is the first of three lessons in the “Listen Series” about listening to God that I put together for the Harvard Avenue College Ministry Fall Retreat a few weekends ago. 

“I’m busy.” 

I can’t tell you how many times I have heard someone say this to me when I’ve asked them if they wanted to play disc golf, watch a movie, or come to an event (I’m even guilty of using it myself often).

Let’s face it. We live in a very busy culture, especially as young 20-somethings (aka “Millennials“). We have friends, classes, jobs, family, sports, and organizations pulling us in all different directions. Our days are usually busy from the time the alarm goes off in the morning until our head hits the pillow (if it even does) at night. Rarely do we take time to slow down and listen to God (not listen to music, the TV, white noise, or birdies chirping). Let’s take a look at a common biblical example of this principle found in Luke 10:38-42 (ESV):  Read more of this post

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