Big Idea: Busyness is a cultural epidemic; we are so busy we don’t have time to notice it. We can experience a new reality by creating life-giving rhythms and intentionally limiting what we need to be happy. This focus allows us to remove distractions and experience the exhilaration of a thriving spiritual life rooted in God’s approval.
I. Settling what you need to be happy – What is enough?
A. What is our reality?
B. Material things
C. The opinion of others
D. Letting God’s voice matter more (I Corinthians 4:1-3)
E. What would God think of our schedule? (Luke 10:38-42)
II. The Power of Focus
A. Throw off unnecessary burdens. (Hebrews 12:1-6)
B. Throw off unnecessary distractions. (Nehemiah 6:3-4)
C. Embrace life-giving rhythms that stop the insanity for just a while.
D. Setting our eyes on the prize (Philippians 3:13-16, I Corinthians 9:24)
E. Live with the end in mind.
1) What was/is the most frantically busy season of your life? Is busyness a relative concept? Has your definition of busyness changed over time? If so, how?
2) What do you do when you get the busiest? Are there things that help you unwind? Do you feel better after these activities? What activities leave you just as empty as you were before you did them?
3) Is it sinful to take joy in material things? Does God want us to enjoy what He created?
4) Whose opinion matters to you more than others? Are there people who you notice shape other people’s opinions (opinion leaders)? How powerful are unstated expectations in terms of forming the priorities of your life? Have you ever chosen not to do something that was socially expected of you? How did that go? Please share the story.
5) Are you more a get-busy-and-do-stuff-for-God kind of person, or a be-still-and-sit-at-Jesus’-feet kind of person (Martha or Mary)? What are the benefits of being a Martha? What are the benefits of being a Mary? What is the downside of being Martha or Mary?
6) How distracted are you when it comes to your plan for spiritual growth? Do you have a clear path marked out? Do you notice a pattern to the distractions? What are the distractions that keep coming up?
7) Are there people who keep distracting you when it comes to your spiritual walk? Are there people who help you keep focused? Do you have spiritual Attention Deficit Disorder?
8) Is a lack of focus inevitable? Are there habits or disciplines that could increase our focus in life?
9) Have you ever been able to talk with someone who was near death and knew it? What kinds of things did they say? Did they express regret? Is regret inevitable? Is it possible to build a life with the end in mind? If so, how is that done?