Daily Ramblings | Understanding the Glorification of "Busy"

I would much rather people know me as "the mom who loves her simple life" versus "the mom who complains every five minutes". It's one of the reasons I've decided to take the plunge into getting rid of my personal facebook account. My husband and I have been considering a joint account for awhile. Not because we don't trust each other, but because it will help keep us accountable to one another. I wouldn't feel right posting about my emotions on his page, and so on.

But more recently, I've heard the phrase "stop the glorification of busy", and today I actually "got it". It doesn't mean that being busy is a bad thing. That's not what it is referring to. What it means is that during the busyness of life, we tend to complain about the things we have to do. And while we complain, we long for sympathy and for someone to tell us that the world owes us something. We glorify "being busy" because -- while it brings us stress and annoyances -- if we constantly make our busy schedules known to others, we receive gratitude, praise and sympathy in return.

Jesus said, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened..." (Matt. 11:28), not "go to the internet and tell your friends about it". Jesus said, "Love your neighbor as yourself..." (Mark 12:31), not "argue and gossip on facebook every chance you get."

As mom's, it is so easy for us to go to the internet or to call our friends when we are having a "busy" and overwhelming day. And while it is perfectly fine to 'vent', it is not perfectly fine to vent without thinking about what you're saying, or to vent, only seeking sympathy in return. I don't want people to come up to me and say, "wow, how do you do all that you do?". I don't want people to have a false image of who I am. Because guess what, I don't do it all. Yes, I do work from home, yes I am a homemaker, yes I am a mom, yes I am a wife, yes I am a friend, yes yes yes. But no, the laundry doesn't get done every single day. No, my house isn't spotless. No, I'm not the best of employees and no, my husband doesn't get an elaborate made from scratch meal every single night.

But, I do enjoy my simple life. I do enjoy the little boy giggles, even on the hardest of days. I do enjoy a smelly husband walking through the front door in the evenings, and even when it is overwhelming to clean up after him. And while it does feel so good to vent to others, I would so much prefer to run into the arms of my Savior and weep than get on the internet and blast my life out to all of my internet friends.

So today I challenge you as I challenge myself. Do what you were called to do. Do what you have to do. Do what pleases the Lord. And, for goodness sake, let's try to break the habit of glorifying "busy"!!

Holistic Health