Everyone is busy. Not only that...everyone is proud of how busy they are. Everyone is happy to moan and lament how busy they are.
Pastors are busy during Holy Week. Some pastors like to whine about how busy they are. Well I'm in a situation where just remaining a pastor is a precarious thing, so no, I'm not going whine about being busy. Besides the Holy Week I had two funerals and teenager whose boyfriend was killed in a car accident cured me of ever whining about any Holy Week ever again.
At a recent interview I was asked about how I "balance" work and family or personal life. My answer was that losing my husband when my children were young cured me of ever being tempted to neglect my or my family's well being for church "stuff".
The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of its innate violence. To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything is to succumb to violence. More than that, it is cooperation in violence. ~Thomas Merton
I don't like this quote. I get what he is saying but it's not "violence" when you make choices that make you too busy. I don't like vocabulary that trivializes the real violence real victims experience. I don't like this tendency of us well fed, well housed, educated folk to make out like we are powerless victims. Being too busy does not make you a victim.
We live in a society that values busyness and so everyone feels obligated to be busy and then complain about how busy they are.
I call bullshit on that. You don't need to be busy. The church doesn't need you to be busy, your family doesn't need you to be busy and you don't need to be busy and you know it. You are not the only one in the world that can do all that stuff you think you have to do, and in the rare case that you are the only one that can do it, the world won't end if it doesn't get done.
Note - I'm not talking about single parents who have to work 3 jobs. That's not "busy". That's trying to survive. God bless you and I pray that it changes soon for you.
But life goes in cycles. You aren't "balanced" every day. Some days are crazy busy. Some weeks are crazy busy. But if everyday and every week is crazy busy, you are making bad choices. Period. Stop whining/bragging and change something.