Is Being Constantly Busy a “Disease” or a Way to Measure Our Worthiness?

January 16, 2017

As the new year gets underway and we start filling in the blank spaces of our new calendars, it’s a good time to think about how jam-packed we make our days, weeks, and months before they even arrive. Omid Safi, a columnist for the radio show and website called On Being, challenges the idea that crammed-full schedules, overflowing “to do” lists, and false notions of productivity are signs of healthy living. He writes, “How did we end up living like this? Why do we do this to ourselves? Why do we do this to our children? When did we forget that we are human beings, not human doings?”

You may want to rethink your too-busy schedule after you read Omid Safi’s essay, “The Disease of Being Busy.”


posted by Letha Dawson Scanzoni


Letha Dawson Scanzoni
Letha Dawson Scanzoni (1935-2024) was an independent scholar, writer, and editor, and the author or coauthor of nine books. In 1978, she and Virginia Ramey Mollenkott wrote Is the Homosexual My Neighbor?, one of the earliest books urging evangelical Christians to rethink their views on homosexuality (updated edition, 1994, HarperOne). More recently, Letha coauthored (with social psychologist David G. Myers) What God Has Joined Together: The Christian Case for Gay Marriage (HarperOne, 2005 and 2006). Another of Letha’s most well-known books is All We’re Meant to Be: Biblical Feminism for Today, coauthored with Nancy A. Hardesty (Word Books, 1974; revised edition, Abingdon, 1986; updated and expanded edition, Eerdmans, 1992). Letha served as editor of Christian Feminism Today in both its former print edition (EEWC Update) and its website for 19 years until her retirement in December 2013.