Busy. Busy! BUSY!

Before I leave for work each morning, I read The Upper Room devotion for the day. Rarely does it fail to inspire me or give me something to think about. But by the time I get to the office 15 minutes later, I can’t remember what I read. Frustrating. “OK, Nick,” I say to myself. “Concentrate. Just remember the title and you’ll be able to remember what it’s about.”
Easier said than done.
So, I have to ask: “Am I so busy, so engulfed by the events in my life that I can’t remember a simple devotion?” Ask me the score of last week’s Steelers game or who they play this week and that information is at my fingertips.
Could it be that getting older (for which I’m separately grateful) is diminishing my ability to focus? Dad’s going through that. He’s almost 83; I just turned 59. So I chide him and tell him he should be feeling sorry for me. We both chuckle, but it’s exasperating at any age.
Another possibility is that I have undiagnosed Attention Deficit Disorder. ADD was unheard of when I was in school. When I was caught drifting off, “Sit up straight and pay attention, Hoffman!” quickly recaptured my attention.
I’m not going to give up on remembering those devotions for longer than it takes to read them. It may not seem like a big deal … but what if Jesus Christ made me stand in line and wait until He remembers who I am?
All of this takes on added significance now because if there’s ever a time when we get swept away by the “busyness” of life, it’s Christmas. Ironically, if there’s ever a time we should slow down to reflect and contemplate, it’s Christmas.
When I get busy and catch myself starting to run way ahead of where I need to be, I slow down and ask two simple questions:
* How many of the 7 billion or so people on Earth would I trade places with on the best day of their lives, and
* How many of those 7 billion would gladly trade places with me on my worst day?
Don’t let the world intrude on the joy of your Christmas. Take a deep breath and count your blessings.
P.S. Today’s devotion in The Upper Room was entitled, “Press Pause.”

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