“Another condition of the mind that is abnormal is for it to be wandering all over the place. An inability to concentrate indicates mental attack from the devil.” Joyce Meyer, Battlefield of the Mind)
I know, you are probably similar to me and after reading the title of this blog thought, “Oh, this isn’t for me because I have nailed multitasking.” Well, kudos to you for being able to simultaneously do three or even five tasks, successfully.
Now as someone who once believed she could multitask on a regularly basis with no problems, I must make a confession: When I thought I was successfully multitasking, I wasn’t. Even when I managed to meet two deadlines and coordinate another project that met everyone’s expectations, I was causing damage to myself.
After experiencing the mental and even physical effects that being consistently busy all the time was causing me, I was able to admit it to myself. But then it required another step. I was forced to see the natural effects, but I had to recognize the spiritual attacks. In Battlefield of the Mind, Joyce Meyer reminds us that when we are kept so busy that we lose focus of what is normal, that is the enemy trying to attack us in an area he wants the most control; our minds.
The reality of life is that life will happen. Some situations will cause us to go the extra mile. But trying to multitask on a major and even minor level all the time, it will definitely cause us to be stressed and experience burnout. There has to be balance. Planning is a great skill to help us deal with every day life and implement balance. Knowing our limitations is also a skill to help us keep our sanity. How many times have you taken on too much because you were afraid to say one simple word, “no”?
When we are busy doing our personal tasks, family tasks, job tasks and others, we tend not to be aware of the repercussions. This is why it is so vitally important that we do not get so busy that we forget to spend time with God. God uses his Holy Spirit to help keep us balanced. He gives us the warning signals, but we have to be in a position to hear him.
REMEMBER: “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace,” (1 Corinthians 14:33a)
Now, even if your day is almost over and you have already had another experience of chaotic multitasking, this is a great opportunity to regain control by seeking God’s guidance, confessing, recognizing and planning your day for tomorrow. Go ahead and give yourself permission to Balance being BUSY!