"The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace." Romans 8:6Our battle with busyness goes deeper than our calendars and to-do lists. It's not a calendar change we need; it's a heart change. When we become aware of busyness triggers – like shoving a house-worth of clutter into the closet – we make authentic progress towards intentional lives. Margin isn't meaningful until we go into the hustle wholeheartedly. What if I wasn't driven by busyness? What would I do? How would that feel? Disconnect created by busyness isn't something we can avoid. It will creep back in unless we partner with the Spirit to mind the gap of a divided heart. The solution is life on God's terms in step with the Holy Spirit. No more darkness of doubt and worry of self-gain, but life free of fear, full of joy for the glory of the Lord. God's not going to ask what we've accomplished, He's going to ask how we loved His people and shined for the Kingdom. We receive abundant life as we walk by faith. Hurried hearts don't for a second escape the grace of our Father. Press pause on your busyness and ask the Spirit to take inventory. We can't escape busyness, but we can abandon the stigma around it. God is in the business of transforming busyness into abundance.
"Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what is God's will - his good, pleasing and perfect will." Romans 12:2When we keep in step with the Spirit we're enabled to sideline stress and welcome peace as an active part of our hustle. The burden of busyness is not a glitch in our makeup. It is a guidepost pointing us back to our Father. The Holy Spirit beckons us to brave obedience. By looking to scripture we can discern practices for seeking abundance in place of busyness. Be still. The battle against busyness is not ours, it's God's. To "be still" means to surrender or to let go. God grows us in our capacity for abundance as we loosen our grip on cultural busyness. Stillness is actually a call to action. An active stance of surrender is the first step to wholehearted abundance. Be present. The stigma surrounding cultural busyness is one of absent-minded work. So how do we put heart back into our hustle? Behold God's grace as He breaks the chains of busyness in our life. When we yield to the Spirit busyness becomes a conviction of compassion for the Kingdom. With surrendered hearts, we're equipped to readily recognize and respond to opportunities to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Be intentional. Though we encounter the limitations of busyness we have opportunity for a full life in step with the Spirit. Filter the influx of expectations in the daily routine through the blueprint of Gospel-based values. We put frenzied grabs for happiness aside when our intentions and values align. Gospel-based values create resilience in seeking abundant, purposeful lives. Let love lead as you embrace abundance in place of busyness. This is our chance to let God change us from the inside out and experience His deep abiding presence. Let's make our lists and celebrate progress, but let's not be too busy crossing off tasks to delight in the joy at our fingertips. Set your mind on the Spirit and your heart on heaven as you embrace abundance in a culture of busyness. By Erin Bridges Originally published in Be Still Magazine, Issue 1.