Busy Is The New Weed


This is not a post about herb, blunts, Mary Jane (I’m dating myself I know), or cannabis. But follow me here…

“Just Staying Busy”… we have all said this in response to a question about what we have been up to, or how we are doing. “Good, just busy” was something I said all of the time. And it was true. Work, kids, school, church, and some other stuff sprinkled in between my already busy life. I’m busy now too, the truth is no matter how much time I have… normally I’m trying to figure out ways to spend it!

If time were a currency I would have ZERO in my savings account! How about you?

The Parable of the soil hits this nail on the head when Jesus says, “The seed that fell among the thorns represents those who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life and the lure of wealth, so no fruit is produced.” (Matthew 13:22)

I hate weeds

I waited tables for a couple of years in college and I can remember the first time someone yelled out, “I need some help, I’m in the weeds”. In the restaurant business being “in the weeds” means you are so busy you can’t handle whats coming your way… maybe you were triple sat and with all 3 tables of 6 people each ordering drinks, appetizers, and food at the same time you spend the next hour or so running so hard you don’t know what table is what… and if that happens once and they all get up at the same time, guess what happens if the lobby is full of people waiting… you spend the entire night “in the weeds”. It seems like you would make more money that way, but if you’re so busy you can’t give quality service to your tables, you might work a lot harder and make less money because the people you’re trying to serve well are left with needs unmet, cold food, empty glasses, and their night was ultimately affected by your busyness.

Being on the clock with so little time for things that really matter is like living your life in the weeds.

If you’re too busy and in the weeds of life, you are neglecting things that really matter. You just had a flash of things and people who are affected by the busyness of life right? Relationships take the brunt of our busyness. In fact, you and your wife can both be busy together and still forget what being married and in-love feels like.

Busy is never a synonym for success.

As all relationships are affected by the weeds,  if you desire a relationship with God and life gets too busy, Jesus will likely get put on the back burner. More than likely you pray to Him while you’re in the weeds because deep down you know you can’t go forever like this… but a quick prayer is not what it takes to get out of the weeds.

It takes time to get out of the weeds.

We only get 24 hours a day… a simple prayer won’t work. Change is needed… you will have to find time somewhere in your already busy day. It means you will have to get intentional about making time. Time is your friend, but it can also be your enemy if you let others dictate how you spend it.

If you find yourself in the weeds of life, I challenge you to find some time in your busy life to REST.

Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still, and know that I am God.” If you want to know God and have a relationship with Him… you have to be still to get to know Him. Any relationship requires time, and a relationship with God is no different.

If you find yourself in the weeds…



And Know or Get to Know The God of all creation, Jesus.

You might just find that rest is what you needed all along and the weeds begin to clear up in your life.



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