1 August 2007

Too Busy for God?

A recent survey "The Obstacles to Growth Survey" of 20,000 Christians of 15-88 across 139 countries revealed that on average, more than 4 out of 10 Christians said they are rushing from task to task and as a result "too busy for God!" Details here.

Among others, the report said
  1. Around 6 in 10 Christians say that it is "often" or "always" true that "the busyness of life gets in the way of developing my relationship with God".
  2. By profession, pastors were most likely to say they rush from task to task (54 per cent), which adversely also gets in the way of developing their relationship with God (65 per cent).
  3. The distraction from God was likely to affect men more than women in every surveyed continent except North America.
  4. Professionals whose busyness interferes with developing their relationship with God include lawyers (72 per cent), managers (67 per cent), nurses (66 per cent), pastors (65 per cent), teachers (64 per cent), salespeople (61 per cent), business owners (61 per cent), and housewives (57 per cent).
Dr Michael Zigarelli, who conducted the survey described the problem among Christians as "a vicious cycle" prompted by cultural conformity. Here is how the cycle worked:

(1) Christians are assimilating to a culture of busyness, hurry and overload, which leads to

(2) God becoming more marginalised in Christians’ lives, which leads to

(3) a deteriorating relationship with God, which leads to

(4) Christians becoming even more vulnerable to adopting secular assumptions about how to live, which leads to

(5) more conformity to a culture of busyness, hurry and overload. And then the cycle begins again."

So, friends, are you falling into the cycle?

Are you too busy for God?

May be this will help

"re-ordering your thinking and discover who God is and how He wants us to live our lives."

as suggested by Dr Zigarelli.

May be we should pause for a while and pray for ourself and pray for them, they need us....

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