When you ask someone how they are doing and answer you often get is, "I'm busy!" Everyone seems to be busy. You don't often here people complaining, "I have so much time on my hands, I don't know what to do with myself!" Busyness is a chronic problem many of us face, and Kevin DeYoung's new book Crazy Busy helps with the problem. After finishing this book I was left with a strange mush of conviction and encouragement. What DeYoung does best is diagnose the heart behind our busy lives. He does a fantastic job revealing some of the sinful motivations in our heart for busyness. DeYoung identifies pride as one of the motivations for our busy lifestyle. DeYoung writes,
Here’s the bottom line: of all the possible problems contributing to our busyness, it’s a pretty good bet that one of the most pervasive is pride.
However, although this book is helpful in revealing the sin in our own hearts, the must encouraging chapter was Chapter 9: Embracing the Burden of Busyness. DeYoung tells us that, "the reason we are busy is because we are supposed to be busy". DeYoung turns to Paul's ministry in 2 Corinthians 11:28 and teaches that busyness is often a part of our suffering for Christ. Part of serving Christ means being spent for him. This was an incredible encouragement to me as I often look at my schedule. There are major areas of improvement that need to be made, but this acknowledgment that busyness is not always bad was just what I needed to hear. Part of serving Christ means certain seasons of my ministry are busier than others.
Overall, if busyness is a problem that you deal with, it is worth to give this book a read. Although DeYoung does a good job of diagnosing our hearts, he does little to help prescribe practical steps to handle our busyness. The application is ultimately left for us to figure out for ourselves. I commend this little book to you as a helpful diagnoses to your own heart.