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The Bondage of Choice

I was in the corner gas station yesterday and just had to snap this picture. Holy smokes! Do we really need this much selection?

In America we have so many enumerated freedoms that we have begun to infer freedoms. Notably, freedom of choice. Sure we have such opportunity in the USA, but is that really freedom?

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Here is a great quote from John Piper:

“One of the great uses of Twitter and Facebook will be to prove at the Last Day that prayerlessness was not from lack of time.”
And when I say quote, what I mean is tweet. Kind of ironic, eh? But a swift kick in the butt at the same time. Maybe Twitter or Facebook don’t consume that much of your time.  But everyone has something that sucks up their time.

“We’re too busy” is something I hear all the time lately.  I believe it less and less.

I think “busy” is a state of mind. This perspective has come slowly as I age. This is ironic in a way, because I have far more to do as I get older. Marriage means you have to do your stuff, plus her stuff, plus together stuff. Kids are very demanding of your time – and it gets worse before it gets better! You think feedings and nap times cramp your style? Wait until you have to take them to practices, school events, social activities, etc.! I really like to read – where do you slate that in?

We are involved in more activities at church, both participating and leading, than ever before. I’m now blogging and writing a lot lately. We have people over quite often. I’m self-employed, and that is feast or famine – but the demands of the work schedule can overrule many other best intentions.

But do I feel busy?  Sure, I have lots to do.  And I don’t have a lot of free (unallocated) time.  But I don’t see that as busy.  I see that as the result of my choices.  I make time for all the things above.  I make time for my wife and kids.  I make time to read and to study.  I make time for anything that is important to me.  That doesn’t mean I’m busy.  That means I’m engaged in life.

No one is busier than another person.  Everyone has the same number of minutes in a week.  It’s how we choose to spend them.  Are you choosing your minute-fillers, or do you let others impose them on you?  I think that might be what some people call “busy”.  Maybe they really mean that they feel powerless.  But you’re not! You have the same number of minutes as everyone else.  They are votes that you can cast in the grand scheme of life.  You vote with your time. Where you put your time shows what you value.  It’s that simple.

If you value community, or service, or family, or recreation, or prayer, or solitude, or whatever – you will find time for it.  What is your purpose?  Do you have one besides entertaining yourself?  If you think you do, look at your schedule.  That will tell you whether you are being honest when you say that you’re “busy”.