What “I’m too busy” really means

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It’s a very common expression, which we’ve probably all used at some point or other. We use it as a way of explaining why we’re saying “no” to something: 

I’m too busy”. 

I don’t think it’s wrong to say it, but it’s important to be honest about what we’re really saying when we use it. Sometimes we hide the truth from ourselves. The expression can disguise and mask the real issue. “I’m too busy” really means “x is not important enough to me to make time for”. It means: “x is not high enough on my scale of priorities to say ‘yes’ to”. 

The reality is: we all make time for the things we really care about. It could be that football match, or that family occasion, or meeting that friend. For the things that really matter, we’ll be there. Just reflect on what you’re not too busy for: scrolling through your phone, relaxing, watching those youtube videos. 

So, every time you find yourself saying, “I’m too busy”, especially when it comes to the things of God, remember what it really means; it means I love something more than this. “Too busy” is a window into our hearts and the things we really love. 

“Seek first the kingdom of God”, says Jesus (Matt 6:33).