I suspect you know what it is like to be "running on empty." I sure do! There are certain activities that just drain the energy out of me (long meetings, endless discussions over matters that seem insignificant, etc.) Sometimes the pace is fast, full, and constant. At some point, I begin to feel empty.
Fil Anderson has written a fine work entitled Running On Empty. Early in the book, he writes:
…The greatest threats I’ve encountered are not the arguments of skeptics or the lure of drink, drugs, or sex. The greatest threats are the constant busyness and frantic hurry that demand my allegiance. Author Robert Benson says, "We take our place in the race and watch our lives disappear in the daily grind." We rarely are grounded in the present moment (where God is to be encountered) because we’re always rushing out beyond it or replaying in our minds our disappointing past. Shame and sadness over our dark past drives us to strive for a brighter future, which generally winds up being busier rather than better. (pp. 19-20)
…The crazy truth is that as much as we complain about it, we actually want to be seduced by busyness. But why do we love the killer? In part, it’s because when we’re busy, we don’t have to think about important matters we prefer to avoid. Busyness enables us to quiet the voice of the deeper issues that trouble and haunt us. Plus busyness makes us feel important. Everyone prefers action and adventure to boredom. (p. 20)
(Fil Anderson, Running On Empty)
Does this sound familiar at all? Is busyness seductive? What does it promise?