Several years ago, there was an interesting study released that focused on Christians and how their level of busyness interfered with their faith. It involved data from 20,000 Christians around the world, ages 15 to 88, in 139 countries. The results were astonishing in terms of just how many Christians were basically too busy for God.
The Obstacles to Growth Survey found that, on average, more than four in 10 Christians around the world say they “often” or “always” rush from task to task. The busy life was found to be a distraction from God among Christians worldwide. Around six in 10 Christians say that it is “often” or “always” true that “the busyness of life gets in the way of developing my relationship with God,” the 2007 report stated.
Here we are, 10 years later, and the situation hasn’t improved much. As a matter of fact, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, it’s even worse. Not only are we just as busy, but the latest study shows that busyness has apparently become a new status symbol.
While the latest examination did not factor in its participants’ religious affiliation, given the number of Americans who still identify as Christians, this survey on busyness should be reason enough for all of us to slow down, if just to take a closer look at the challenging results.
According to the Journal of Consumer Research, it was the life of leisure that would normally be associated with status, prestige and even well-being. But in the United States, that attitude is long gone and has been replaced by busy and overworked people being perceived as having the ultimate life or high status.
“We examined how signaling busyness at work impacts perceptions of status in the eyes of others,” wrote the study’s authors. “We found that the more we believe that people have the opportunity for social affirmation based on hard work, the more we tend to think that people who skip leisure and work all the time are of higher standing.”
So how should we busy Christians perceive this study? For me personally, it’s caused me to stop and ask myself some tough questions on how I view not only the busyness of others but my own busy life… Continue Reading at OSV Newsweekly.