Living in a 5 second world

4:43 PM

I am the queen of multi-tasking. Before the age of getting my eyebrows done, I kept a pair of tweezers in the car to pluck a few hairs at the stoplight. I love reading, but it is SO difficult for me to actually sit down and read because it requires me to do only one activity at a time. I never just sit and watch a show. I mean like never. Sure, I watch TV- but only when I am cooking, cleaning, working out, or folding laundry. I hate only doing one thing at a time. It feels so…inefficient.

I read somewhere that multi-tasking is actually a poor way to work because quality drastically decreases, but I try to blot that from my mind because efficiency is something I take pride in. Raised in a culture where fast and furious is the norm, I am a true product of my society in this way. I can cross twenty things off of my to-do list a day, and still find time at the end of the day to soak in a bath. If I were to measure myself based off of the ten-point scale of efficiency that the world gives, I would be at least an 8. Maybe even a 9.

Being efficient causes me to work faster, get more done, and (commendably) use all of the hours in the day to be productive.  It also causes me to be late for everything, cut conversations short, and miss responding to texts and messages for days. Which begs the question- is being efficient standing in the way of healthy, present lives? 

Dare I say it- being efficient is standing in the way of being effective.

I can’t be naive or optimistic enough to claim this problem with efficiency before effectiveness just over secular society. The Bride of Christ, although beautiful, is flawed and also often holds to this mentality. Hence handing out tracts instead of sitting on the curb to hear someone’s story. It seems we have the tendency to boast about numbers more than we have the heart to walk in the nitty gritty of everyday life with those around us.

Someone mentioned the other day that Jesus was the most inefficient person. He spent the first 30 years of his God-man life doing carpentry, for crying outloud! He took the time to heal one on one, when he could have snapped his fingers and the whole crowd could be made whole. He spoke life into the broken around him, when he could have just touched them and moved on. He walked places instead of riding on a donkey. He took the long way getting to the cities and towns he was journeying to. He waited 3 days to heal Lazarus. 

Jesus was a 5 second guy in a 1 second world.

If we, as true disciples of Christ, walk in his footsteps, what does this mean in the context of the now? We look at Martha, who was rushing around, making sure dinner was perfect for her perfect guest. In this story, Jesus tells her to slow down, for she was distracted by many things. He then applauds Mary for slowing her pace down enough to admire the One thing- the only thing- Jesus Christ himself. 

Hear me when I say that busyness is not always bad, but rather, slow intentionality is always good. Juggling the different hats we put on during a daily basis is a skill that is necessary, and I by no means wish to swing so far on the pendulum to banish all activity. But perhaps slowing down enough to be effective is far more Christ like than hurrying up to be efficient. And maybe, just maybe, being present is a beautiful form of worship.

Working towards effectiveness,

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  1. As a busy full time nurse and mum in New Zealand this was a message of hope and healing to my weary exhausted soul. THANK YOU xx

  2. Wow! I can imagine how efficiency is absolutely necessary for you to get everything done. It is such a delicate balance. Have you ever heard of /read present over perfect? It is a beautiful message that speaks to us exhausting and weary souls. Sending love to you across the world! xo

  3. Ahh this message speaks to me. Something that I've been struggling with recently... juggling many hats and trying to have them all be perfect instead of being present. ... I came upon your post through @mandacarpenter Intagram post today and your comment about a similarly-subjected blog post. So I watched the sermon she mentioned and read the blog post you mentioned.. Then saw the link to this one at the bottom. All combine so well to put together a message of being present instead of perfect, reaching out to God to be walk with me through the temptation to prove myself, and to just trust his perfect plan. Thanks for your contribution :)

    1. Hi Kayla! Thanks for reaching out. It's great to connect with you. I struggle with the same thing- OFTEN. I love multi-tasking and being busy, so often fill up my plate too full and then struggle to find time for myself. Thanks for taking a chance and reading my blog! I love how you say- temptation to prove myself. That hits home with me today. Thanks for your words to chew on, and your heart that is seeking! xo


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