I recently beat the Playstation 4 game, “Uncharted 4.” The scenery? Breathtaking. The action? Invigorating. The story? Compelling. And the feeling when you see final credits roll? Empowering. Until I saw that I had completed a measly 31% of the challenges for the game.
31%? Not good enough! Every bit of perfectionism inside of me screamed, “Go big or go home, player!” It would take a lot of hard work, tens of hours, and a lot of grinding to complete them, but I could do it. There’s only one question that I needed to answer first:
Seriously, so what?
Is any of this meaningful in any way at all?
For example, you can get an insane achievement in the game if you, “Destroy 10 vehicles while being dragged from a rope.” But honestly, what does that do for anyone or anything? It doesn’t teach my children anything valuable. It doesn’t shore up my marriage. It doesn’t build up God’s church. It doesn’t help the poor, the least, the powerless or forsaken. I can’t even say that beating it would be relaxing. Unlocking those achievements are wildly stressful!
This is a ridiculous (but absolutely true) example of how you and I can make ourselves busy with things that ultimately do not matter. Leadership coach John Maxwell says it like this, “You can’t maintain your priorities if you fill your life with busyness.”
Hear this: I know you’re busy, because I’m always busy, too. And you and I can always be busy. We can fill every single moment of our days with activities. We are unquestionably busy.
But, busyness is not meaningfulness.
Way too often, we are busy with things that are meaningless. Busy with the binge-worthy show. Busy with all of the new stories your friends posted. Busy with the podcasts you stream.
Stop being busy for busy’s sake. Start doing what is meaningful. Or as Paul would say, “God has made us what we are. In Christ Jesus, God made us to do good works, which God planned in advance for us to live our lives doing” (Eph. 2:10).