The Busy Critic and the Simple Church

We seem to wear busyness as a badge of honor.

Our busyness can cause us to miss God’s work, which is right in front of our face. I’m glad that church leaders are beginning to see this more and more. Many churches are pursuing a bit more “simple church.” We aren’t trying to keep the doors open eight days a week and have our schedules filled with church activities. We’ve gotten the memo that activity does not equal godliness.

 

How busy is the most spiritual person you know?

Honestly, when I think of people I look up to spiritually, they don’t seem frazzled. They are active, they accomplish things within the kingdom of God, but they aren’t overcommitted and in a frenzy of activity. In fact, they seem to know how to properly say “yes” and “no.”

But still, we seem to wear busyness as a badge of honor. I’m reminded of the overly busy mayor in the VeggieTales classic “Who’s My Neighbor?” Archibald cannot help poor Larry because he is:

Busy, busy, dreadfully busy
You’ve no idea what I have to do.
Busy, busy, shockingly busy
Much, much too busy for you!

That little VeggieTales video is so effective because it shows how our busyness can cause us to miss God’s work, which is right in front of our face. I’m glad that church leaders are beginning to see this more and more. Many churches are pursuing a bit more “simple church.” We aren’t trying to keep the doors open eight days a week and have our schedules filled with church activities. We’ve gotten the memo that activity does not equal godliness.

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