Too Busy for a Miracle

If you’re like most people, chances are you’ll have a day or two when you’ll be busy. 
Things will seem to be spiraling out of control. 
You’ll be pulled in one hundred different directions at once.
Having to get the kids (or yourself) to school.
Get to work.
Get to the meeting. 
The grocery store. 
The game. 
Twenty five other various extra-curricular activities for school, work and church. 
Then finally back home…only to do it all over again the next day. 
Sound familiar? 
Some of you wish your schedules were this simple. 
To be honest, I enjoy being busy. I enjoy running around from place to place, event to event, project to project. It’s my preferred way of life. And while I will not suggest that being busy is wrong, I will suggest that it can carry a significant danger. Busyness brings focus, determination, and let’s be honest, a sense of worth. But it also brings opportunity to miss out on what truly matters. 
Acts 3: 1-10 (New Living Translation) 
Peter and John went to the Temple one afternoon to take part in the three o’clock prayer service. As they approached the Temple, a man lame from birth was being carried in. Each day he was put beside the Temple gate, the one called the Beautiful Gate, so he could beg from the people going into the Temple. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for some money. Peter and John looked at him intently, and Peter said, “Look at us!” The lame man looked at them eagerly, expecting some money. But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!” Then Peter took the lame man by the right hand and helped him up. And as he did, the man’s feet and ankles were instantly healed and strengthened. He jumped up, stood on his feet, and began to walk! Then, walking, leaping, and praising God, he went into the Temple with them. All the people saw him walking and heard him praising God. When they realized he was the lame beggar they had seen so often at the Beautiful Gate, they were absolutely astounded! 
Pretty amazing story. 
But think about it for a second. 
Be completely honest with yourself. 
Would you have stopped? 
I can think of a few times when I felt like I should have stopped…but I didn’t. 
I was scared. 
Didn’t know what to say. 
Didn’t want to take the time. 
I was “busy”. 
I wonder who may have missed out on a miracle, or at least had to wait, in their life because I was “too busy” to stop.
It would’ve been easy for Peter and John to pass by. 
After all, they had a good excuse. They were going to church. That’s a pretty good reason isn’t it? I mean after all, we can’t be expected to be the church when we are going to church (I hope you catch the sarcasm :)
I would suggest that perhaps Peter and John realized something that we often lose sight of. 
There is absolutely nothing more important in this world than someone encountering the life-changing power of God. Yes, we have responsibilities and obligations that need to be fulfilled. I’m not suggesting that we forsake every responsibility and sit on the street corner all day reading the Bible out loud. 
However, when we signed up for this Jesus thing, we signed up to go to work for him. 
To tell people about him. 
To bring people to him. 
It’s just as much a responsibility as anything else. 
And the moment we become “too busy” to fulfill this responsibility, we have a problem.
Two quotes come to mind when I think of this:
    1.) Learn to say “no” to the good to say “yes” to the best. 
    2.) The only thing you can take with you when you leave this world is people. 
Your excuse may be good. 
But is it good enough to say no to seeing someone encounter the true and living God?
Your busyness may be with the good. 
But are you spending too much time focusing on what you can’t take with you anyway?
C.S. Lewis wrote a book called Screwtape Letters. The book is a series of imaginary letters from one demon to another. A demon by the name of Screwtape is writing to his nephew named Wormwood. Wormwood is busily engaged trying to keep the human to whom he is assigned away from God and following the wrong path. His uncle is writing to give him advice on how to do this, part of which states:
if they do believe then make them lukewarm and too busy with other things to be of any use to him
If ever there was a sobering thought…
Take a moment and think about what is keeping you busy.
Is it good? 
Or is it the best?


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