Busyness Today

Time is of the essence, someone used to say this, and I wonder if you agree with it. All of us have 24 hours each day, but how often do you feel that you are running short of it.

The busyness in our lifetime begins when we were born. I mean when we were infants, what else could we be busy with besides our constant cries for milk, or needed our nappies changed, or even wanted to have some attention, and all these were enough to keep the people around us like our parents or guardians very busy.

At the stage of our growing up days, the people around us again decided for us how busy we should be – what suitable lessons should we have, music, dancing, sports, or activities that challenged the intellectual mind, or what kind of schooling to go for.

Next, our community also demanded our time for some of us who had to serve National Service. For the rest of our days, our bosses determined that a large part of our time went to them until some of us call it quits. Some day when I have some time to spare, I would like to read the book “Tyranny of the Urgent” by Charles E. Hummel. Perhaps you might want to read it first and tell me about it.

Firefighting, if it happens at the most inopportune time, can cause quite a fair bit of disruption to our lives. So, for a lot of us, we planned and took precautions to prevent it from happening if possible. However, this also meant spending more time beforehand so that we could hope to spend less time or none necessarily in the future.

And a preacher had told us,

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;”
(Ecclesiastes 3:1-4)

Every generation that had gone by would have faced the same thing. The ones that were to come would also be facing them too.

“What gain has the worker from his toil? I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with.”
(Ecclesiastes 3:9-10)

Alas, we who spent the busiest times of our lives meeting the demands of those who we owed a living, those who depended on us, and even on those inanimate inconsequential things of life. And did God make any demands of His creature’s time? No, he gives them freedom to choose how they spend their time.

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.”
(Ecclesiastes 3:11)

“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.”
(2 Peter 3:18)

Friends, when was the last time you have put aside some minutes for God? Let us devote our time to our Lord Jesus Christ, lest we be lost in eternity.

Ps Frankie Koh