taking the words of Jesus seriously

Busyness is a futile attempt to convey to yourself and to others that you are a person of great importance.  The overwhelming thought process is that a very busy life (for Jesus of course) + work + family + every little thing people ask you (with good intentions of course) = God’s favor and will for your life. This formula will undoubtedly not directly equal God’s favor but instead will equal individual exhaustion.

Jesus, on the other hand, talks about a man who plants a seed and then goes to sleep and rests.  While he is sleeping, corn begins to grow, “first the blade and then the ear, and eventually the full corn appears.”  In short, we should not feel that everything is dependent on us when it comes to the work of the Kingdom of God.  We should do what we are called to do, but not feel that we have to consume every moment in making things happen for God and for God’s Kingdom.

Currently, my wife and I are on a week long vacation. During this time I have limited myself to calling my ministry, EAPE, office only once per day and staying away from all forms of media communication with the exception of once or twice per day. I can’t seem to be able to cut connections altogether but this forced limitation (imposed by both myself and my wife) has forced me to take a deep breath, relax, and actually be on vacation.

Undoubtedly, you cannot be busy enough to think that busyness will not catch up to you someday. Life is a precious and short experience so take a moment to breathe in and realize that you and the world are alive! Be grateful that for this moment you are breathing and experiencing the creation of God right at your fingertips!

And while you’re at it tell your family and your neighbor and experience the beauty of creation together.

About The Author


Tony Campolo is Professor of Sociology at Eastern University, and was formerly on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania. For 40 years, he founded and led the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education, an organization that created and supported programs serving needy communities in the Third World as well as in “at risk” neighborhoods across North America. More recently, Dr. Campolo has provided leadership for the Red Letter Christians movement. He blogs regularly at his own website. Tony and his wife Peggy live near Philadelphia, and have two children and four grandchildren.

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