Ever think of what certain words mean?
Like the word “bustle.”
Not the noun – the fancy little bundle at the back of a woman’s skirt way back when…
No, the verb – the ACTION word!
“To move briskly and often ostentatiously (fond of conspicuous, vain display); to be busily astir; noisy, energetic, and often obtrusive (forward, undesirably prominent) activity.”
Some words that are like "bustle"?
Ado, flurry, fuss, commotion, agitation, disquiet, hubbub, tumult.
You get the idea.
Why on earth did I come up with this word – and why now?
Because I am reminded of this word at this very busy holiday season. People are just plain “bustling.”
I don’t think “bustling” occurs just at Christmastime. It’s just a little more apparent now. Because more of us are out. In malls and stores – searching, hunting for those perfect presents.
The snow might be crunching, and the kids might be bunching – but most of us are bustling.
It’s a human thing.
We are enamored with activity. We love busyness. We are compelled to pay attention to the urgent. We are driven…
I think of Shakespeare’s great play, “Much Ado about Nothing.”
Really – what are we doing?
We are chasing after silliness – fortune or fame. Desiring money and earthly security, we are eating crumbs when we should be feeding on the Bread of Life. Craving recognition or approval, we are sipping at puddles when we should be drinking Living Water.
We are replacing Eternity with Activity.
The “eyes” of our hearts are not working right. We’re out of focus – we’re nearsighted.
Jesus warned us against this human tendency toward spiritual myopia.
“Do not love this world or the things it offers you…For the world only offers a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions…And this world is fading away…”
(1 John 2:15-16)
The world offers only a temporary “fix” to that longing in our hearts. God placed eternity in us – and only eternity will fulfill that spiritual yearning. Activity will never do it. Activity is only running away, avoiding and evading the TRUTH.
Are we so busy living FOR the moment that we've forgetten we’re supposed to be living IN the moment?
What does Jesus want in our moments?
He wants us to focus on the important, not the urgent.
He wants us to see people, not things.
He wants us to be faithful and fruitful, not frantic.
He wants us to grow deeper, not be shallow.
He wants us to be intentional, not just busy.
He wants us to live with purpose, not frivolous pursuit.
He wants us to remember, not forget…
“Where your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.”
Are you living like there’s no tomorrow – or living in today?
Are you bustling? It’s not a holiday problem – it’s a human problem.
Activity or eternity?
What’s your choice?
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