By: Dr. Melissa Cheeks, CVM North Central Region Representative
“We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies.” (2 Thessalonians 3:11)
Sometimes the Bible speaks so directly! That verse in 2 Thessalonians hit me today.
The most common question I get in the summer is, “So is this a busy time for you?”
In American culture, we are so eager to talk about how busy we are. I often fall into the trap. Speaking from this perspective, my answer would be- I live at a slower pace during the summer. I stay home in Madison and enjoy the city in my free time, while work includes preparing conference speakers, and planning visits to the eight universities I serve. Then I say something like, “But in the fall, I’m quite busy, traveling constantly.”
Why are we so quick to talk about being busy?
As a toddler mom, I’ve learned that life is more balanced when we say “no” (a new word in our house from a certain small person) to the glorification of being busy. Yes, it might take longer to let Hannah scoot down the stairs herself, but we are both happier when I wait for her to take the stairs. It might take half an hour to walk 2 blocks to the nearby coffee shop, but watching her pick the clover, find sticks, and watch butterflies is worth it.
Likewise, I’m happier to prepare my conferences and school visit details far in advance. I am already thinking about who I’ll get to visit in Minnesota in October, for example. It allows me more time to minister, to plan, and to breathe.
Sure, the frequency of travel intensifies during the fall season, as I visit and travel to various veterinary schools and meetings in my region as well as traveling to the CVM office in Seattle for training.
Granted, I’m home less often, but that doesn’t mean I need to feed into the monster of being “so busy” and the way it makes me act or feel. This is simply the ministry I’ve been given, and I love seeing people in their own cities. Will you pray for the meetings, and for the students and vets, that I can impart upon them the importance of slowing our pace? The necessity of saying “no” when we need to, and the ability to exercise patience and grace in times of intensity?
It is not the way we behave in times of rest that we most exemplify who Jesus is- but in times of chaos. When we keep a sense of calm and stay grounded when the world around us is moving at hyper speed, Christ shines through. I daily strive to be different from the world, to slow down, and to know that internal peace is an important thing to share with others. Lord, do not let me fall into the trap of being a busybody. Let me be more like you.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)