Beware of Barrenness of a Busy Life

Busy people need to squeeze time for such a book in their busy schedules. A small, humorous and clear book on busyness written by a person experienced on busyness; best-selling author, full-time senior pastor, circuit conference speaker, a blogger, loving husband, and dedicated father of five. crazyKevin DeYoung addresses the struggles and the craziness of busyness, reminding us of the barrenness of a busy life.

Kevin DeYoung opens the book by making clear that he writes the book first for himself, then to us, his busy readers.  He succeeds well in sharing personal faults and struggles and the insights he has learnt over time.

In this book, Kevin faithfully lays his arguments on the Bible from the first to the last chapter. He emphasizes that physical danger of busyness can be big but most serious threats are spiritual. He adds that when we are crazy busy, we put our souls at risk.

The book has 10 well-crafted chapters, with thought provoking headings. In addition, the author lays a clear outline that keeps the reader captivated throughout the book. He gives three dangers to avoid, seven diagnoses to consider and concludes the book with one thing you must do.

Kevin succeeds in challenging the reader to think over the busyness in the modern and globalized world as a result of technological advancements bringing about complexity in our lives. He calls upon the reader to critically think if he or she is trying to do good or to make him/herself look good?

BVfxSowIcAAQuiAIn one of the chapters, the author calls upon the reader to distinguish what one can do and what one cannot do for people. This he suggests is possible through proper setting of priorities and knowing one’s finitude with time. Additionally, he urges the reader to always stay on mission like Jesus did.

Kevin differs with the myth of parenting which hold that parenting creates the child. He reminds his audience that children when they grow up tend to first remember the character of their parents before they remember the rules parents gave them. He calls upon parents to know that their kids’ future is not in their hands, but in the hands of God.

On the issue of business with technology, Kevin notes that screens strangle the soul and thus the need for us to make boundaries on usage of technology. He points on the issue of internet that gives millions of taps to us daily. In another chapter, he urges busy people to rest, which he says is a good thing. He says that we all need to work hard just to rest by planning for breaks.

He concludes the book by quoting from Luke 10:38-42 calling upon the busy people to avoid distractions in life like Martha and ensure they spend time every day and being consistent in the Word of God and prayer. He says this is the only strong thing enough to pull us away from busyness. “We won’t say no to more craziness until we can say yes to more Jesus,” notes Kevin DeYoung.BVk65lIIUAACq5J

I highly recommend this book to busy people. It may not offer an instant magic on how to deal with busyness, but it offers one thing that will greatly help in fighting against the crazy busyness of our age.

 

By Kenneth Irungu
iServe Africa Apprentice 2015/16 serving at DOVE Christian Fellowship, Nairobi.
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I want to Finish Well

A missionary few weeks ago told me she wants to finish well. Few days earlier, I had received an email from a friend requesting me to pray for him to finish well in his walk with God. These two people have increased my desire to finish well too. Finishing well is no longer their wish only, but mine also. I want to finish well!finishingwell2

I am a great fun of athletics. As long as I can remember, I have never participated in any field event in my life. The nearest I ever got to the field is being part of the cheering squad. Nevertheless, I love watching athletes run, always eager to see how they finish. Interestingly, there are those who lead in the first few laps but do not finish well. Others wait until the last few laps and take their positions and end up winning.

The end of a matter is better than its beginning,” urges Ecclesiastes (7:8). No matter how good or bad was your starting, how you finish really matters. What is needed to finish well is faithfulness and commitment to God.

finish2Finishing our life well matters a lot. A friend while I was in campus was always reminding us that our walk with God is not a contract, but a life time commitment. God is looking for people who remain faithful to Him till the end. Only the one who will finish well will be called “A Good and Faithful Servant” and will be welcomed, “Come and share your master’s happiness.”

Paul knew this full well that finishing well was key! “I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and finish the task the Lord Jesus has given me- the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.” (Acts 20:24)

Elsewhere Paul urges the Corinthians to run in such a way that they get the prize. He compares Christian life to a race. Those who compete goes into strict training, and it is he who finishes well that gets crowned.

I want to finish well too. I want to share in God’s kingdom. I want to have everlasting life. Please pray for me!

By: Kenneth Irungu
iServe Africa Apprentice serving at DOVE Christian Fellowship, Kawangware.

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