Am I Crazy Busy?—Yep, I guess so!

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Seven weeks ago I shared how Crossway generously gave me an electronic copy of a new book in exchange for a review. My hope was the following: “Over the next few weeks I hope to interact with it and you as I read it, and then conclude with a review.”

Like I just said, that was SEVEN weeks ago. Wow. What’s really ironic (if you haven’t spotted it already), is that the book I was given is called “Crazy Busy.”

Am I crazy busy? Yep, I guess so!

And I’m probably too busy right now to even be writing this. But, I really should write something on this book and make good on my promise to read it and review it.

So here goes.

I’ve just finished chapter 1 entitled “Hello, My Name is Busy.” The chapter was basically an introduction to the book. What I took away from it is that DeYoung gets it. His life is crazy busy. It’s been that way since his high school days, and it still is. He writes out of many years of experience of being crazy busy. Just like us.

At this point, I’m not exactly sure what he means by the term “crazy busy,” but one story he shared from the first chapter might give us insight:

I read an anecdote once about a woman from another culture who came to the United States and began to introduce herself as ‘Busy.’ It was, after all, the first thing she heard when meeting any American. Hello, I’m Busy—she figured it was part of our traditional greeting, so she told everyone she met that that’s who she was (pg. 16).

In other words, our entire culture here in America is one of busyness. We’re all busy almost all the time. While being busy can be good at times, an extreme, crazy, busyness constantly happening 24/7 is not so good.

What can we learn from DeYoung’s book so far? Well, I haven’t gone past chapter 1 yet, so I’m not sure. He doesn’t promise a total transformation or a money-back guarantee. But he does hope that through reading his book “you’ll find a few ways to tackle your schedule, several suggestions for reclaiming your sanity, and a lot of encouragement to remember your soul” (18). He hopes to accomplish this through looking at three dangers to avoid, seven diagnoses to consider, and one thing you must do. I hope to share what these things are as I read them and reflect.

Thanks for hanging in there with me. We’re all crazy busy. Hopefully, we can all gain some theological insight from this book that we can put into practice to bring more glory to God through our (already) busy lives.

Question to Discuss: Would you consider your life “crazy busy”? If it is, would you say that this is a good or bad thing? Why?

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Are you Crazy Busy?

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I’M TOO BUSY! We’ve all heard it. We’ve all said it. All too often, busyness gets the best of us. In this (mercifully) short book about a (really) big problem, award-winning author Kevin DeYoung puts an end to ‘busyness as usual,’ helping us to strike the balance between doing nothing and doing it all.

Thanks to the generosity of Crossway, I have been given a free copy of this book in exchange for a review.  It’s a brand new book from pastor and author Kevin DeYoung that will release on September 23. Over the next few weeks I hope to interact with it and you as I read it, and then conclude with a review.

Has Kevin DeYoung mastered busyness? He wishes. Here’s how he describes himself:

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You can get the book 50% off at WTS books by clicking the image above!

I do not write this book as one who has reached the summit and now bends over to throw the rope down to everyone else. More like the guy with a toehold three feet off the ground, looking for my next grip. I’m writing this book not because I know more than others but because I want to know more than I do. I want to know why life feels the way it does, why our world is the way it is, why I am the way I am. And I want to change (pgs. 11-12).

So, he’s just like us. Struggling with how to juggle all the responsibilities of life. Good for us, though, is that DeYoung is a very perceptive thinker and writer. Through his blog and prior books, he has said a lot of beneficial and edifying stuff. So, we’re in a for a treat. As I go through this book and share stuff with it from you, stay tuned for insights from DeYoung on our crazy business. I hope we can learn how to manage the craziness better, how to glorify God more in the midst of our busy schedules.

Skimming Bible Stories We Think We Know

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I’ve read this story about the two builders [Luke 6:46-49] countless times. I’ve read it so many times that I almost don’t read it anymore when I come across it in the Gospels. I skim it. I gulp down three sentences at a time because I already know what they say. I don’t want to read my Bible like that, but, honestly, sometimes I do (Joshua Harris, Dug Down Deep, pg. 18).

Harris goes on to describe how one morning when he was about to skip over that passage in Luke he actually slowed down to read it. Not skim it. As he did, he saw something he hadn’t seen before. In the past he had thought that this passage was primarily about one builder that was a Christian and the other who was not. Reading the very first verse of this passage made Harris realize he hadn’t understood it very well. In verse 46, Jesus says, “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?” In Harris’ own words:

That question makes me uncomfortable because I can’t pretend I don’t understand it. And I feel that he’s talking to me, that’s he’s talking to religious people—people who claim to belong to God, people who say that Jesus is Lord. This is interesting because it clues us in to the fact that Jesus isn’t just contrasting religious and nonreligious people. He’s not just saying that atheists get their houses knocked down. He’s talking to people who claim to believe in God.

Jesus is calling the bluff of the religious. He says, Why play this game? Why call me Lord as if you care who I am or what I want when you don’t bother really knowing me or doing what I say? And then Jesus tells the story about the builders and their two houses. The homes they build represent their lives—their beliefs, convictions, aspirations, and choices (pg. 18).

After talking a bit more about this passage, Harris concludes with these words:

What hit me that morning on the beach is that digging down and building on the rock isn’t a picture of being nominally religious or knowing Jesus from a distance. Being a Christian means being a person who labors to establish his beliefs, his dreams, his choices, his very view of the world on the truth of who Jesus is and what he has accomplished—a Christian who cares about truth, who cares about sound doctrine (pg. 19, emphasis added).

After reading Harris’ words and re-reading Luke 6:46-49 I am struck with two things:

  1. How many Bible stories do I skim over that I should be reading? (I do this far too often, especially when a Bible passage is embedded in someone’s book)
  2. Am I building my life on the Rock? Am I digging down deep so that I may have a solid foundation to stand upon when trials come?

May the Lord, by His grace, help each of us to read His Word more carefully, less distractedly, and then make choices in life that fit the doctrine we just read.

Women are Equal Heirs with Men in Christ

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In calling both Christian men and women sons, the Bible is saying that we enjoy the same privileged legal status and benefits as sons did in the time of Paul’s writing. This doesn’t exclude women in any way. Rather, in New Testament days the family life and inheritance were passed on through the sons, not the daughters, and by calling men and women “sons,” the Bible bestows on both the highest honor and most privileged familial position in that culture. Men and women are equally adopted with equal legal standing and an equal inheritance from God the Father.

From Mark Driscoll’s Who Do you Think You Are?: Finding Your True Identity in Christ (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2013), p. 235 n.6.

My wife and I just “happened” to find this book at a local Savers yesterday as we shopped for clothes 50% off. I love it when God gives us surprises like this!

The Bible’s Unity: “the most amazing of all the amazing things that are true of it” (J. I. Packer)

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From J. I. Packer’s foreword to the 25th anniversary edition of Edmund Clowney’s masterpiece, The Unfolding Mystery: Discovering Christ in the Old Testament (P&R Publishing, 2013):

The Bible is a unity. That is, perhaps, the most amazing of all the amazing things that are true of it. It consists of sixty-six separate units, written over more than a thousand years against a wide variety of cultural backgrounds, by people who for the most part worked independently of each other and show no awareness that their books would become canonical Scripture. The books themselves are of all kinds: prose jostling poetry, hymns rubbing shoulders with history, sermons with statistics, letters with liturgies, lurid visions with a love song.

Why do we bind up this collection between the same two covers, call it The Holy Bible, and treat it as one book? One justification for doing this–one of many–is that the collection as a whole, once we start to explore it, proves to have an organic coherence that is simply stunning. Books written centuries apart seem to have been designed for the express purpose of supplementing and illuminating each other. There is throughout one leading character (God the Creator), one historical perspective (world redemption), one local figure (Jesus of Nazareth, who is both Son of God and Savior), and one solid body of harmonious teaching about God and godliness. Truly the inner unity of the Bible is miraculous: a sign and a wonder, challenging the unbelief of our skeptical age.

The Bible is full of diversity, yes. But all of its diversity is clothed in unity. Many kinds of teaching in many different ways (cf. Hebrews 1:1-2), yet one coherent message without contradictions throughout all the centuries, locations, and books. Wow! Only a God who is sovereign over history could orchestrate that. And He did! Let’s read His book!

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