Breaking Busy: How to Find Peace and Purpose in a World of Crazy
“Crazy busy is a life without peace. It’s marked by decisions made for the approval of the world, not the approval of God. It’s filled with what we think we “should” do, what we think will make others happy, and what we think being a good person looks like. All this busyness, in the end, keeps us just out of reach of the life we were created to live.”
“Breaking busy is about more than identifying the things in our life that suck the life out of us. We must also identify what gives us life, what recharges us and restores our capacity.”
“If we are going to start breaking busy, we start with focusing in on the relationships that fill our souls.”
“Our lives have gotten so cluttered up with things we think we “should” do, we can’t figure out what we were meant to do. Let your life be about what you are meant to do, not full of what you think you should do. This starts with your daily decisions about how you spend your time.”
These are three of the many many quotes I’ve underlined in Alli Worthington’s Breaking Busy. This is a book that I have found college students, mom’s of littles, mom’s with teens and empty nesters all gravitate to. It should come as no surprise that any stage of life has seasons of feeling overwhelmed and above capacity within it.
Breaking Busy addresses extensively the different areas of our lives we tend to fill up with busyness. Relationships, Traditions, Calling, Thoughts and many other subjects are written about in matter of fact statements that had me nodding my head, tearing up with gratitude and feeling energized to edit, adjust and say no!
Alli uses her own life journey to show ways that God has directed her journey in pursuing her life calling. She writes about the beginning and end of BlissDom. Within the journey, Alli reveals that obedience doesn’t always look like we think it should. “Here’s the thing about Breaking Busy, sometimes it calls for tough choices, for making drastic choices even in the place where you’ve been highly successful.” Reading these words lifted a huge weight off my chest that I didn’t realize I was still carrying. The weight from guilt of walking away from a season of life that was filled with success. Learning to balance obedience and calling is challenging and as I read Breaking Busy is affirmed many areas in both my life and Ordell’s where things are on track.
I deeply appreciated the balance of tender and honesty that Alli writes with, her heart to help women love their lives more fully shines through. I realized while reading this book that checked off “to do” lists and boundary establishing may patch up our stress for awhile, but piling band-aid upon band-aid won’t stop the wounds from coming. We must figure out how to find balance and correctly prioritize by breaking busy in order to live the lives God calls us to.
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