Our day to day life is crowded with or characterized by activity; jam packed with all kinds of activities. We are actively and attentively engaged in some kind of work. That’s what busyness means or business.  Business is the modern evolution or formation of busy + ness.

We have all in common 24 hours to our day.  And there seems not enough hours to accomplish the work that we need to do. There are too great demands of our time, one thousand one crying for our attention. And we wish there are more hours to a day to accomplish these things.

As a consequence of busyness, our life is characterized by restlessness, the condition of inability to remain at rest.  Truly, we are merely creatures made out of the dust of ground; earthy and subject to fatigue. We become weary and tired from bodily and mental exertion.

Long ago, engineers discovered that there is a certain behavior of metals called fatigue or the metal got “tired”.  If you repeatedly applied and then removed a nominal load to and from a metal part, the part would break after a certain number of load-unload cycles. Metals get “tired” or fatigue and will ultimately breakdown by subjecting it to constant stress and strain. For example, when you bend a paper clip back and forth until it breaks, you are demonstrating fatigue behavior.

By subjecting ourselves constantly and consistently with the stresses and the strains of work eventually take their toll in our life. Sooner or later our body deteriorates and breakdowns resulting in sickness and diseases, and eventually death. If you don’t take time to rest, the “doctor within” your body forces you to rest by falling into sickness or disease.

That’s why a period of rest called night were created by God for our benefits.  Day time is allotted for man to work; whereas night time is destined by God for rest and sleep.

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Also, he created a weekly rest called Sabbath by resting from all his creation activities.  God is not a man that he should rest. He does not faint or grow weary as we humans do.  Remember Jesus said in Mark 2:27 “The Sabbath was made for man…”  The Sabbath is made for man’s interest and welfare. It is for his good, and not for his hurt; both for the good of his body, that he might have rest from his labor and good for his soul, that he might have an opportunity of attending divine worship, both in public and private. In other words, the principle of the Sabbath as a day of rest is good for us physically, mentally and spiritually. A sabbath rest every cycle of 7 days is adding years to our life and it adds life to our years.

If you are too busy without time to pray, read and study the Bible, and attend public divine worship in church, you are really too busy. Someone wrote that being BUSY means “Being Under Satan’s Yoke.” Something to ponder about and consider.

A word of caution and admonition here is in place. Solomon said in Ecc. 2:23  For all his (man) days are full of sorrow, and his work is a vexation. Even in the night his heart does not rest. This also is vanity.

 “A man of business (or a busy man) is described to be uneasy both in his going out and his coming in.  He is deprived of his pleasure by day, for all his days are sorrow; his travail or labor all day is grief. Those that labor are said to be heavy-laden, and are therefore called to come to Christ for rest, Mat.11:28. Moreover, a man of business is disturbed in his repose by night. When he is overcome with the hurries of the day, and hopes to find relief when he lays his head on his pillow, but his cares hold his eyes waking, or, if he sleep, yet his heart wakes, and that takes no rest in the night. See what busy fools those are that make themselves drudges to the world, and do not make God their rest; night and day they cannot but be uneasy. So that, upon the whole matter, it is all vanity.” Matthew Henry’s Commentary

It is not enough to be busy; so are the ants. The question is: what are we busy about? – Henry David Thoreau

Socrates, a Greek philosopher admonishes us “Beware the barrenness of a busy life.”