We live in a society which is built and centered on two things: speed and instant gratification. Everywhere you look, you see a company doing something faster than their competitor. Amazon is now experimenting with drone delivery, so you can have your order at your doorstep within two hours. You can now order from convenience stores and fast food restaurants right from your phone and have your food ready right as you pull up.
As I was standing in line one evening staring at a kiosk where I could order my Big Mac, I asked myself how much is too much. How many time saving measures can we put into place before it moves from efficient to ridiculous. Perhaps an even better question to ask would be what are we doing with all this free time we have thanks to the time saving measures these companies are putting into place for us.
When I thought about this question, the answer was actually quite sobering. The more we try to save time for ourselves, the more we actually put on our schedules. We think we can squeeze another 10 minutes out of our day when we all know we only have 1440 in a day, no matter who you are. This type of lifestyle is not healthy and more importantly, is not biblical.
We were made by God to work. There is no question or doubt about that. But we were also made to rest. Jesus says in Matthew 11:28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. How many of us actually do this? When was the last time you simply turned off everything, picked up your bible (yes that big book on the corner of your desk, not touching that screen on your phone) and actually rested in the Word of God.
This does not mean reading your short daily devotional while eating your morning corn flakes. This does not mean listening to the bible being read to you while you are on the treadmill (an issue I never have, I can assure you). This means clearing everything off your table except your bible and a notebook and letting God guide you in His Word. This means getting on your knees and praying to God. This means coming together as a family and praying.
Yes, it will require you to change your mind set on what the world expects of you. You will have to use a word the world does not want you to use: no. You will have to say no to your friends when they want you to go out. You will have to say no to your children when they want to add yet another activity to the family calendar. You will have to say no to your spouse when they want you to go to company function. You will have to say no to your work when they want you to stay late for an unnecessary corporate event.
A busy life is not a productive life. God wants us to be productive for Him, not for the world. The only way to know what He wants from you is to take the time to communicate with Him. This means you must block out the things of the world, and only be in communication with Him.
Who should you be listening too and following, what the world wants of you, or what God wants of you? The world wants you to go faster and faster until you collapse. God simply wants you to rest in Him.