Have you ever been so busy that you didn’t have time to eat? Maybe you have done something hard and found yourself exhausted (hunting an elk or finishing a big project). Sometimes we get so wrapped up into what we are doing that we just simply don’t have time to do anything else like eating, resting, etc.
I wonder if you have had someone worry about you and your well-being during a time like this? Jesus lived a very busy lifestyle where He didn’t have the time for certain things. Take a look at this encounter:
Mark 3: 20 One time Jesus entered a house, and the crowds began to gather again. Soon he and his disciples couldn't even find time to eat.21 When his family heard what was happening, they tried to take him away. "He's out of his mind," they said.
Jesus’ family saw Him and the pace He was setting and they felt He had lost His mind because surely anyone that was sane wouldn’t skip out on the comforts of this life (eating, sleeping, etc.)…
They came on a rescue mission. It appears that they did so with proper motives. However, those motives still missed the point of Jesus’ priorities.
When we get busy doing what God desires us to do then our priorities do change. This doesn’t mean we should starve ourselves but it does mean that our actions and activities may cause others to have concern for our well-being. That concern is often a response of love but it can also persuade us to turn away from what God has called us to be involved in. How do we handle a situation like this?
Get used to your life & priorities looking different than others. Compare against the Life of Jesus instead.
When a caring person tries to dissuade you from what you are doing (and you are confident that what you are doing matches God’s priorities for your life) then use that opportunity to share with them how you are trying to follow God. Help them to see the passion and enthusiasm that you have for what you are doing. Maybe you can relate their passion for helping you ‘settle down’ with your passion for serving God.
There will be times in your life where you may simply not have time for what others may call ‘simple pleasures’ or ‘must-have’s’ but if you are following God then you will have all you need and find joy in your living.