Crazy Busy

Crazy Busy

I just finished a wonderful book called “Crazy Busy” by Kevin DeYoung.  If you know me at all, you know a couple things about me…

I’m organized
I study and implement time management skills
I am a promiscuous organizer 
I love the guys at Asian Efficiency
I use multiple programs/apps/philosophies to run my life and I’m always tweaking
to find the sweet spot…Omni Focus, Evernote, GTD, Agile Results

And yet, there are days and times where I am CRAZY BUSY and that’s part of what attracted me to this book. But I also know through my studies and applications that so much of our schedule and outlook is dependent on our mindset and what really attracted me to the book was it’s biblical worldview.

Some of my favorite gems and thoughts:

Busyness can ruin our joy – when we are frantic and frenzied, we are more prone to anxiety, resentment, impatience, and irritability. Pg 26

Busyness can cover up the rot in our souls – distraction anyone? Pg 30

Chapter 3 – Busyness is prideful – taking a look at your heart and motives for all that you do.

Chapter 4 – The Terror of Total Obligation: You are trying to do what God does not expect you to do.  Care is not the same as do and we all have different gifts and callings. Pg 49

Chapter 5 – Mission Creep: You can’t serve others without setting priorities – I’m sure you’ve heard that if everything is a priority then nothing is.  Also, what ever happened to PRIORITY? When did that become PRIORITIES?

Chapter 6 – A Cruel Kindergarchy: You need to stop freaking out about your kids – my second favorite chapter…just go back a read some of my prior blog posts.  My heart has been breaking over my children and this chapter gave me peace and serenity if not a measure of sanity.

Chapter 7 – Deep Calls to Deep: You are letting the screen strangle your soul…we all know that technology is changing our world, our relationships and how we interact with each other.  Most of this change is inevitable but not our reaction to it.  We have choices and need to set boundaries…otherwise, our thoughts and days become a blur and we succumb to ACEDIA…who wants that?

Chapter 8 – Rhythm and Blues: You’d better rest yourself before you wreck yourself.  It’s not just about the sabbath…it’s about a lifestyle.  It’s about really trusting and discerning God’s plan and purpose for your days.  It’s also picking what is best over what is good. And finally it’s about sleep…can I get an amen!

Chapter 9  – Embracing the Burdens of Busyness: You suffer more because you don’t expect to suffer at all.  Busyness is not a sin…we were created to be busy…busyness is as much a mind-set and a heart sickness as it is a failure in time management.  It’s possible to live your days in a flurry of hard work, serving, and bearing burdens, and to do so with the right character and a right dependence on God so that it doesn’t feel crazy busy. The antidote to busyness of soul is not sloth and indifference.  The antidote is rest, rhythm, death to pride, acceptance of our own finitude, and trust in the providence of God.  Pg 102

Chapter 10 – The One Thing You Must Do – my favorite chapter because “YES, tell me the secret!”  Well, it’s something I’ve known for a long time and I preach frequently to the students of COTHA.  You’ve gotta sit at the feet of Jesus.  You’ve gotta spend time in the Word and in prayer.  You have to start your day off with your Lord…to get your marching orders…to know your purpose and place.  Implementing this one habit in your life will have a profound effect on all other areas of you life…this I do know.

So yeah…great (super short) book…highly recommended!  DM

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Donna Matthews is a blog writer at the DJRanch where she strives to remain authentic while not taking herself too seriously. She is also the creator of Slay The Chaos (, where she writes about productivity and organization. She is a member of The Writers Guild and Write Space in Houston and is currently writing her first book.