“Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.” – Proverbs 19:15
Keeping busy can be a great way to fill our days as we wait for God’s plans to unfold for us. It can also keep us from doing things we shouldn’t do. But there is a danger to being so busy that we miss opportunities God sends our way.
Keeping busy is important because it keeps our minds busy. Satan loves to find idle minds and fill them with lies, restlessness, depression, and a sense of uselessness. When we wait for things we sometimes don’t know how long we will be waiting, so keeping ourselves occupied with positive and constructive things can help us greatly. It can add purpose to our daily lives and give us a positive outlook on life.
When we become idle, we often try to find something to do. The devil can use our idleness to plant ideas of things we shouldn’t do. We need to make sure we are never idle, and if you can’t think of anything to do, pray! Working on your relationship with God is a wonderful way to pass your day.
Beware of making yourself too busy though! We can make ourselves so busy that we neglect our Bible and prayer time. These are essential and must not be overlooked. Also be careful not to get so wrapped up in what you are doing that you miss any opportunities God sends your way to minister to others and do a work for Him.
Don’t forget, when you are keeping busy but things seem to be getting a little monotonous, change it up a little! Doing the same things at the same times all the time can get discouraging after a while. When this happens, I encourage you to try something new.
Don’t forget the old saying, “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop.”