We are all spread too thin, taking on more than we can handle, trying to do so much—almost as if we are afraid that if we were to take a moment of rest, we might discover that all our busyness is covering up an essential lack in our lives.But God never meant for us to be so busy. God desires for us to have rest and peace. Brady Boyd shows you how to live a life that embraces stillness and solitude, so you can find the peace that God wants for you.
When the opportunity to review the book, Addicted to Busy: Recovery for the Rushed Soul, by Brady Boyd came up, I felt like God was giving me a “shout out” and that I had better accept the offer now rather than receive my standard “hit in the head with a 2×4” moment, so I accepted. Over the past two or three years – well, truth be known in probably the past 25 years or so – on any given month, here’s what my calendar looks like:
If I’m not leading or serving on two or three or four different ministries at church, then I am a member of two or three or four different groups that require my attendance or performance of duties on my part. Just recently I stepped down from serving in a homeless ministry at church as well as an every-Monday-night ministry just to have a little more time. Unfortunately, those spaces of time seem to have immediately been filled with other obligations. If I happen to find an spare time in between “busy”, then I simply draw a diagonal line in between the day and split it into two parts, and then I can add another “thing” to one day. It’s hard to say “no” sometimes without feeling like you are letting others down. It’s also hard to say “no” sometimes because your ego takes control. Maybe surviving a near-fatal car accident drives me to make sure I am actually living life.
We are all spread too thin, taking on more than we can handle, trying to do so much—almost as if we are afraid that if we were to take a minute of rest, we might discover that all our busyness is covering up an essential lack in our lives.
But God never meant for us to be so busy. God desires for us peace. God desires rest. In this book, Boyd Brady shows you how to live a life that embraces stillness and solitude and finds the peace that God wants for you. He shows you how Jesus was a role model for peaceful living and shows us a string of scenes from Luke 5 where Jesus is in the “thick” of ministry—calling disciples to follow him; enfolding sinners in community; healing people who are paralyzed and marginalized, broken and bruised and sad. He is teaching and preaching and answering questions about the kingdom until his voice is hoarse. He’s working hard and pushing hard and running fast and strong. But in the midst of all this busyness, Jesus decides to take a break. In fact, he takes many well-deserved breaks. “As often as possible,” Luke 5:16 says, “Jesus withdrew to out-of-the-way places for prayer.”
Jesus withdrew in order to work through tragic news – like when he learned that his friend, John the Baptist has died. He withdrew to gain insight on important decisions, like which men to call to follow him. He withdrew so that he simply could pray. He withdrew to enjoy time with his closest companions. He withdrew as a means of teaching his disciples the value of rest. He didn’t wait until his mission was accomplished. He didn’t wait until someone sanctioned a few days off for him. He didn’t even wait for an official “Sabbath” to dawn. When he sensed it was time to withdraw, he just did. Jesus obeyed a deeper rhythm; He lived in a rhythmic way – he engaged, engaged, engaged and withdrew. Jesus was in love with his Father. And that one great love drove everything he did—and did not—do.
Mr. Boyd offers readers three pieces of advice:
♦ First, unplug. Decide now that the rhythmic life is worth living, that peaceful describes the person you want to become.
♦ Next, be filled. Know what brings you alive and pursue it. Be intentional during unplugged times.
♦ And third, give your best away. Share your sense of peace with a world in chaos, letting the abundance of your life overflow.
This is how we quit dying inside. It’s how we come alive. If you’re still not sure that a less busy life is the cure for what ails you, consider this insight from a pastor who has seen it all: “Every problem I see, in every person I know,” explains Brady Boyd, “is ultimately a problem of moving too fast for too long in too many aspects of life. Speed is the single greatest threat to a healthy life. Margin, space and time are things I desperately want these days. I know I’m not alone.”
It turns out this book came for me to read exactly when I needed it most! I have always found myself being spread too thin and being too busy. I was raised to believe that I should be doing something, and if I wasn’t, I was wasting time or lazy. Sometimes I even feel bad turning people down and saying no to things I don’t really have time to do or be a part of, so I say “yes, sure, no problem” and then I’m stressed out fulfilling the commitment! I am so thankful that Brady Boyd was moved to write this book right when he did, because I believe it can truly make a big difference in breaking the “busy” of my life. I have made some very small changes to remove several ‘stressors” from my life that will allow me to unplug and find peace while pursuing the things that help me feel alive.
THE AUTHOR: Brady Boyd is the Senior Pastor of New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He’s married to his college sweetheart, Pam, and is dad to two teenagers: Abram and Callie. Brady has penned four books, and this is his latest book. He likes to hunt, fish, play golf and spend lots of time with his family.
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