As Americans, we're often way too busy, and we know it. But we also constantly strive to get more done.
The desire to do more is based on our desire to live a meaningful life. And that’s a noble desire. The problem is that we live our lives doing lots and lots of things, but never really accomplishing something meaningful. We lead busy lives, but not effective ones.
So how do we solve this problem? How do we live lives of meaning without being so busy that the life we live just passes us by?
I think the key is found in Scripture.
Ephesians 5:15-16 says this:
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
This verse is commanding us to make good use of our time - to spend it wisely. And then it tells us how to do this. Verse 17 then says, "Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”
It’s telling us that to spend your time wisely, you have to know what the Lord’s will is for your life. You’re supposed to know what you’re supposed to do, then you’re supposed to do that, and only that.
The key to living life meaningfully is to simplify it. Cut out the unnecessary junk and do what matters.
By doing a fewer number of things we'll be able to accomplish the most important things. We can live a life that doesn't feel rushed and busy, but still accomplishes something of meaning.