Crazy Busy

Vacation was awesome last week.  I got to do my favorite things and do them a lot!  It was much-needed and well-timed.

One of my favorite things about vacation was extra time to read.  I really enjoyed getting into 3 books last week either in the morning, at the beach, or at nighttime.

One of those books was an intentional one to read while on vacation.  The book is entitled Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung.

I loved that this book was:

  1. Theological
  2. Practical
  3. Adaptable

It was such a joy to read for even during times of conviction, I felt I was being shepherded to some great truths and some great ideas.

Book Overview

“I’M TOO BUSY!” We’ve all heard it. We’ve all said it. All too often, busyness gets the best of us.

Just one look at our jam-packed schedules tells us how hard it can be to strike a well-reasoned balance between doing nothing and doing it all.

That’s why award-winning author and pastor Kevin DeYoung addresses the busyness problem head on in his newest book, Crazy Busy — and not with the typical arsenal of time management tips, but rather with the biblical tools we need to get to the source of the issue and pull the problem out by the roots.

Highly practical and super short, Crazy Busy will help you put an end to “busyness as usual.”

Favorite Quotes

  1. Even the ability to easily stay up past sundown is relatively new.  The result, then, is simple but true: because we can do so much, we do do so much (24).
  2. Planning for margin means planning for the unplannable.  It means we understand what’s possible for us as finite creatures and then we schedule for less than that (27).
  3. Busyness is like sin: kill it, or it will be killing you (28).
  4. The only thing worse than failing to realize any of your dreams, is seeing them all come true (37).
  5. Good hospital-ity is making your home a hospital.  The idea is that friends and family and the wounded and weary people come to your home and leave helped and refreshed (41).
  6. We need Christians who don’t make others feel guilty (and don’t feel guilty themselves) when one of us follows a different passion than another (49).
  7. I have often marveled to think that Jesus was so terrifically busy, but only with the things he was supposed to be doing (54).
  8. Jesus knew the difference between urgent and important.  He understood that all the good things he could do were not necessarily the things he ought to do (55).
  9. God does expect us to say not to a whole lot of things so that we can be freed up to say yes to the most important things he has for us (63).
  10. We live in a permissive society that won’t count any sin against you as an adult, but will count the calories in your kids’ hot lunches (67).
  11. The kids rarely wished for more time with their parents, but, much to the parents’ surprise, they wished their parents were less tired and less stressed (70).
  12. I just know that the longer I parent the more I want to focus on doing a few things really well, and not get too worked up about everything else (74).
  13. [Speaking of electronic devices[ We are always engaged with our thumbs, but rarely engaged with our thoughts (82).
  14. The simplest step to breaking the tyranny of the screen is also the hardest step: we can’t be connected all the time (86).
  15. The biggest deception of our digital age may be the lie that says we can be omni-competent, omni-informed, and omni-present (88).
  16. If my goal is God-glorifying productivity over a lifetime of hard work, there are few things I need more than a regular rhythm of rest (92).
  17. The busyness that’s bad is not the busyness of work, but the busyness that works hard at the wrong things (102).
  18. If you are sick and tired of feeling so dreadfully busy and are looking for a one-point plan to help restore order to your life, this is the best advice I know: devote yourself to the Word of God and prayer (113).
  19. We have to believe that the most significant opportunity before us every day is the opportunity to sit at the feet of Jesus.  We won’t rearrange our priorities unless we really believe this is the best one (113).