How busy are you?
Really busy? Silly busy? Crazy busy?
Sometimes, I feel like I’m “ludicrously busy,” that I’m so busy I make Jay-Z look la-zy. (I hope you all got those references.)
I’ve always thought that being busy was wrong, and I assumed that DeYoung’s book would back me up on that. I was wrong.
What I Learned
The problem isn’t necessarily that we’re busy: it’s what we are busying ourselves with. Are we wasting time? Are we taking on more work than we need to because we’re too proud to say “no” or because we haven’t established boundaries in our professional or personal lives? If so, then our busyness is not good. However, busyness is a natural part of living this life. Jesus was busy; we can’t expect much less. However, Jesus also had His priorities straight, taking time to get alone with God and setting boundaries to keep Him safe from the crushing expectations and desires of others.
Structure & Content
Crazy Busy‘s subtitle—A (Mercifully) Short Book About a (Really) Big Problem—is well-stated as the book is just over one-hundred pages long. After stating and explaining the problem of busyness in the first two chapters, DeYoung takes the next seven chapters to explain seven “diagnoses” for the disease of bad busyness. The last chapter, “The One Thing You Must Do,” is a fantastic theological capstone to the practical wisdom offered in the previous chapters. In this chapter, DeYoung makes a great point about the need to put first things first, to make sure that our foundation is God, that if we are busy it is for His glory and by His strength that we do our work.
The book is so simple—Not a complaint! It’s accessible and easy to understand!—and trimmed to its bare bones that I’m not sure what else to say without giving away so much of the book—again, compliments! In my opinion, when I’m reading for my own edification, I want to get right down to business; I don’t generally throw inspirational reading into the mix. So, a big “thank you” to Kevin DeYoung for some theologically-supported practical teaching on busyness.
Honestly, anyone could read this book and benefit from it, but I think that pastors, creatives, and church techs could really benefit. Right there, you have three career fields where there is always an unspoken pressure to do more, always a battle between the urgent and important, etc. Our society is getting busier and busier, and it will never stop. Anything that can help us find an appropriate amount of busyness, with Jesus as the center, source, and subject of our lives and what we’ll do, then we should give it a chance. It’s my opinion that Crazy Busy will help you on that journey to “proper busyness.”
You can purchase Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book about a (Really) Big Problem
from . The Kindle version is only $3.99.
Note: I received this book for free by winning a contest held at BloggingTheologically.com. Stop by and give Aaron’s stuff a read. He’s awesome!
Are you “crazy busy”? What do you think you could do to fix that?
[Image modified from book cover via University Reformed Church (Pastor DeYoung’s church)]