Busy Can Be Bad Guest Blogger: Austin Whelan, Student Pastor

Hello everyone! My name is Austin Whelan, Director of Student Ministry at New Season Church, and I have the great opportunity to share with you today!

This past week I went to Orlando for two days to attend a conference for youth workers. It was unbelievable (and not just because it was in Orlando and got to go to Universal Studios for free).

Have you ever had a moment where you walked into a church service thinking it’s going to be the same thing you have already heard before? That’s kind of the same feeling I had walking into this conference. I have been to many conferences over that last eight years and over time they have begun to run together in their themes, but this one was different. I walked away saying to myself, “Did they know that I needed to hear that?” which many of us have said leaving a church service.

I want to share with you today how I walked away this past week with my world wrecked.

I have noticed over the last year or so there’s been one specific word that has come out of my mouth to describe how I am that I have been convicted of stopping to say. You ready for this…busy. I’m busy, is what I tell people all the time.

Doug Fields, one of the many incredible communicators at this conference I attended spoke on this issue. He compared people who described their life as busy as to people on a Nascar track. We’re just going in circles. I have heard this comparison before, but the next statement out of his mouth changed my perspective immensely.

He said, “We’re running around in circles when we are trying to follow Jesus who walks.” Jesus was a walker. He took his time so that he was able to be available.

Psalm 90:12 says, “So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.”

The last thing that I want to do is to wake up 10, 20, 30 years from now and not have seen the things that Jesus has for me because I’m “busy”.

How can you slow down? How can you begin to walk the way Jesus walked to see the things that Jesus wants you to see? What do you need to quit doing to free up your calendar?

My prayer is that we can stop telling people we’re busy so that we can be available to be with the people that Jesus has brought to us to care for.

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