Blessed NOT Busy

Every once in a while I read something, hear something or see something that really hits home. Sometimes it seems like the preacher, the writer or the speaker are speaking directly to me. This happened recently at church. I was sitting in a large congregation listening to our pastor and it felt like I had been singled out and his message was directly pointed at me.

I am sure that many of you when greeted asked the question “How are you doing?” answer with “Things are busy” or “I am super busy” or “The kids keep me busy!”. I know I often do, or did. Our pastors encouragement on this day and the part of his sermon that stood out was maybe you should answer “Blessed NOT busy”.  Wow. Think about that.

Why am I busy? It isn’t just because I am busy. It is because I have many blessings in my life. Those blessings give me certain opportunities. Given I believe that I have been blessed with an amazing wife, amazing kids, a few good talents and an interest in almost everything, it is no wonder that these opportunities keep presenting themselves.

I am working hard to change my thinking. I am not perfect and sometimes still want to answer with “I am busy” but I am trying hard to say “blessed” and then taking a moment to remember those blessings.

It is a simply thing really and something that really hit me. So today since I love pictures I want to share with you some of the many blessings and gifts in my life that provide me so much inspiration and so many opportunities. I am so thankful and blessed.

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In short, thank you for the many blessings in my life. This includes those of you whom follow and support me in my home, my work and my passions.

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5 Comments

  1. Love your work! Keep it up.

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    1. Thank you so much.

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  2. Your post caused me to flash back to a sermon I heard years ago. Some members of my church were feeling fatigued by all the work they were doing growing the parish. Our rector said something akin to: “If you want something done properly, you give it to the busiest person. They are busy because they are good!”

    It’s good to keep that perspective. I’m working like a dog helping people prepare for things that have been in the news lately. It’s good to remind oneself that working means you have something that you do, and do well. We should be worried when we have nothing to do.

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    1. Thank you Robert. So true and great additional insight. Thank you.

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  3. Just last night I was telling my wife that several months ago I was feeling incredibly busy with work and life. A phrase I’ve used before was ‘burning the candle at both ends’. I fully believed that after product releases and tradeshows thing would taper off a bit. About a month ago I came to the realization that this busyness is just my life. My coming to that realization makes me OK with it.

    Your post hits close to home. I’m lucky to have the life I do, and I love the things that make me “busy”. Thanks for the stoke in life and on the bike Jason!

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