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October 2017

Wednesday Wisdom | If the devil can’t make you bad, he’ll make you busy

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“If the devil can’t make you bad, he’ll make you busy.”

Attributed to several sources over the years, we’ve all heard the quote, “If the devil can’t make you bad, he’ll make you busy.” I most recently read it in one of Charles Stanley’s devotionals, and it stuck with me. There are several posts I’ve written about learning to live slowly,  learning moderation, and the culture of slowness. Slowing down has to be one of the hardest challenges of our lives here on earth!

Between our professional and personal lives, many of us struggle with being “busy”. The danger that lies therein is not having time for the most important things in life. When was the last time that you skipped your devotions because you were too rushed in the morning? What about not being able to properly serve at church because of “other” commitments? What about not praying because you don’t have time?

We don’t just have too much on the go; no, most of the time we just don’t have our priorities in the correct order. Tozer once said that “Anything that keeps me from my Bible is my enemy, however harmless it may appear to be.” How do we battle “busy” and get our priorities straight? Maybe it means waking up earlier in the morning, or perhaps learning the art of saying, “No”. Both apply in my life!

We’re told in Proverbs 21:5 that “the plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, but those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty.” To be hasty means that you’re hurried, you’re in a rush. When we’re busy, we each need to learn how to apply Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God.” We can’t be still if we’re rushing around being “busy”!

“If the devil can’t make you bad, he’ll make you busy.”




December 2016

Wednesday Wisdom | Less is More: The Key to Contentment

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less is more once you need less you will have more the key to contentment

“Once you need less, you will have more.”

You’ve probably heard the old saying, “Less is more,” especially in reference to jewelry, makeup, and speech. Have you also taken time to consider the reality of this saying in our everyday lives? How much time do we spend running — from work, to church, to after-school sports, to extra-curricular activities — just running, from activity to activity, trying to appease and impress and fill our lives with… activity?

Since 2014, I’ve found myself struggling to slow down, to accept that it doesn’t make me any less of a person — or what I’m doing any less important — just because I’m not “busy” all the time. Maybe it’s because we’re connected with all our mobile devices that we feel some kind of obligation to literally be, always connected.

What would happen if we all took to heart the saying, “Once you need less, you will have more”? Just think about it; think about all the areas in your life that you could simplify and make room for the people and things that truly matter.

Less “stuff” means: Less to store, less confusion, less to organize, less to clean in your house. Less “stuff” means: More space, more peace of mind, more order, and more to enjoy.

Less “activity” means: Less running, less tired, less out all night.

Less “activity” means: More stillness, more rest, more home with family and friends that truly matter.

Truly, there is beauty in simplicity. Take the time to slow down, I preach to the choir. But seriously, I’m challenging myself to live, “Once you need less, you will have more”. I encourage you to do the same.

“Once you need less, you will have more.”