I’m too B.U.S.Y. (Being Under Satan’s Yoke), I don’t have enough time, I have to work late, I have to take care of the kids, I’m working on a hard project, and the excuses can go on, and on, and on. Have you made these excuses before? I know I have.
With the busyness of life and the many hats that most of us wear, sometimes it’s easy to feel like we don’t have enough time to do anything. Especially, if you have kids, are married, a single parent, a student, business owner, employee, and the list an go on. I’m here to encourage you that you DO have enough time to accomplish all that God has set for you to accomplish, and most importantly, to spend the time with those you love.
It has been on my heart to share this message because I have experienced many times in my life where I used the “I’m too busy” excuse because I did not want to go the extra mile and be solution oriented to figure out a way to make the time or allot the time I needed to do a certain thing or to spend time with individuals important in my life.
Many people struggle with balancing time and start feeling overwhelmed, burnt out, spread too thin because of subconsciously saying that “I don’t have enough time” or “I’m too busy.” PLEASE STOP IT! Stop telling yourself and others that you’re too busy. I heard a really interesting interpretation of the word B.U.S.Y. Being Under Satan’s Yoke. I think it’s interesting because God created time and with the power of the holy spirit, He gives us wisdom and understanding to make the most of our time without feeling like we’re overwhelmed or on the verge of burnout.
James 1:5-6 – If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.
The more we say out loud or affirm to ourselves and others that “I am too busy,” then we are literally speaking it into existence. Whether we truly are busy or not, our minds and bodies follow along with what we repeatedly say. Think about that! If we keep saying that we’re too busy, or that we don’t have enough time for anything, then all we’re doing is manifesting the very thing we may not want.
A powerful quote by one of my favorite authors, teachers, and motivational speakers is Terri Savelle Foy, who is known around the world as a cheerleader of dreams. One of her quotes is “change what you’re saying and you’ll change what you’re seeing.” This is so powerful because it’s saying that just by our tongue, we have the power to change the course of what we see in our lives. According to Proverbs 18:21 (KJV)…
Death and life are in the power of the tongue; and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
You may be wondering why I’m sharing this. Well, I’m glad you asked. I share this topic because for over 25 years, I used to always say “I’m too busy,” or “I don’t think I’ll have time to do that, or I have a busy schedule, so I’m not available.” I would usually say this when someone would ask me if I was available to meet up with them or if I was asked to participate in something or to add something to my already full schedule. By default, I would answer that I’m too busy.
After reading personal development books, listening to podcasts by successful people, and learning from individuals who were a lot further in life than me, I realized that the reason I was feeling like I was always busy and didn’t have time for anything else outside of my obligations or my to-do list, was because I was always speaking and affirming to others and to myself, that I am too busy. This was the reason I did not have much time. I kept speaking it into existence all the time. Can you relate?
After years of not understanding why I felt as though I did not have enough time for things, especially, spending quality time with people I care about, I finally stopped saying that “I am too busy” a few years ago. The result?
I have been able to spend more quality time with those I love and care about, I even started a blog, which was something I never thought I would have time to do in the midst of working a full-time job, and I began my journey in a mentorship/entrepreneurial program that has set both my husband and I on a journey to be able to retire in the next 5 years. All because I changed my perspective on how I viewed my time.
Over the years, I’ve wised up, and with the help of my mentor, I was able to get perspective about the importance of speaking what I want versus speaking what I felt or saw. My mentor encouraged me to stop saying “I’m too B.U.S.Y.,” when people would ask me about my schedule, but to start replacing the word “busy” with productive. Once I started using the word productive and not “busy,” that’s when I started being more solution oriented and being more intentional about where I spent my time versus always saying I’m too busy.
I encourage you to do the same thing. Speak what you want, and believe that God is a redeemer of your time. Don’t focus on what you can’t do or the little time you do have, focus on what you can control, which are your actions and your attitude. Start speaking and telling people that you’re not busy, but just productive with your time.
Remember, we get exactly what we constantly repeat. If you desire more time to do things that you enjoy, or are trying to figure out how to carve out time to spend with those you love, I’m here to tell you that it is possible.
Satan wants us to be so bogged down with our to-do lists and the many responsibilities of life, that he wants us to remain B.U.S.Y. (Being Under Satans Yoke). The more we are not aware of how we’re spending our time, the more satan can deceive us into thinking that we will never have time to do anything.
At the end of the day, the most important asset God has blessed us with is time. Use it wisely! How have you overcame the “I’m too busy” syndrome? Please share in the comment box below!
Thank you so much for reading this blog and embarking upon this inspirational journey of life with me! If you were encouraged, inspired, or can identify with the message/story, please feel free to comment. I’m sure others will be encouraged by hearing YOUR story.