Busy and Hurried are different (excerpt from Soul Keeping)
Dallas pointed out to me once that there is a world of difference between being busy and being hurried. Being busy is an outward condition, a condition of the body. It occurs when we have many things to do. Busy-ness is inevitable in modern culture. If you are alive today in North America, you are a busy poerson. There are limits to how much busy-ness we can tolerate, so we wisely find ways to slow down whever we can. We take vacations, we sit in a Lz-Z-boy with a good book, we enjoy a leisurely meal with friends. By itself, busy-ness is not lethal.
Being hurried is an inner condition, a condition of the soul. It means to be so preoccupied with myself and my life that I am unable to be fully present with God, with myself and with other people. I am unable to occupy this present moment. Busy-ness migrates to hurry when we let it squeeze God out of our lives. Note the differences between the two:
A full schedule Preoccupied
Many activities Unable to be fully present
An outward condition An inner condition of the soul
Physically demanding Spiritually draining
Reminds me I need God Causes me to be unavailable to God
I cannot live in the kingdom of God with a hurried soul. I cannot rest in God with a hurried soul.
Soul Keeping p 134
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