Busy. It’s the word that most defines our lives. The demands are immense and the pressures are real. And sometimes we don’t know if we can juggle it all. Something’s gotta give or something’s gunna drop.
And too often the ball that drops in our juggling act is Jesus.
I admit, I probably don’t know what busy is until I have kids. I can feel busy now, but I know that kids offer a whole new definition to the word busy. However, I think the principle remains the same: in our individual busyness, we are in a juggling act as we juggle the varying responsibilities and demands of life.
Think of seven balls, all different colors depending on importance and all labeled accordingly: relationships, marriage, ministry, work, school, kids, Jesus. We toss relationships high in the air so we don’t have to deal with it for a moment. We’ll catch it later when it comes back down. Work, kids, school—these are daily juggles that we constantly catch and throw back up in the air. If we focus on any one ball too much, everything else may drop. And too often for me, the ball that drops is Jesus. I’ll pick Him up later when I have more time. Right now, I need to keep juggling these responsibilities and demands.
But our juggling act never stops. We go to sleep each night just to wake up and begin the juggling routine. This is life and life is busy. Juggling these demands is the only way to balance them. We can’t easily grasp seven balls, but we can juggle them and then get to hold each one momentarily.
However, while we may juggle every other part of our lives, Jesus should never be in on that juggling act because we could drop Him in the midst of it. He must be the constant, invariable aspect of our lives. The one thing we are not willing to juggle or to risk because His Word promises that if we hope in Him, we will not grow weary.
So come all who are weary and heavy laden, and He will give you rest (Matthew 11:28). Don’t risk the possibility of dropping Jesus in your juggling act; keep Him as the one thing you constantly hold onto—don’t juggle Jesus at all.
“Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40: 29-31