This is not a life hack.

This is not a life hack.

Anyone who has ever considered buying a Thighmaster, a George Foreman grill, or a Snuggie knows it’s true: we can invent problems pretty easily. My thighs are jiggly but I want to watch TV! I am too lazy to use a skillet! My blanket falls off my arms!

Marketers are at the ready, whipping up solutions that are patent-pending, As Seen on TV, call now, but wait — there’s more. Although I spent hours of my childhood watching them, I never succumbed to calling and buying. I might think I’m above infomercials, but I am not above a good life hack.

Live like you’re life-hacking

Life hacks are the infomercial of our generation, and I’m a sucker for them. I’m all over any promise of increased productivity or efficiency. I love learning about improving workflow and organization.

We cannot hack our way out of this problem: we are running out of time.

I have lost some loved ones over the past few years. Death has started hanging over me, but not in a bad way. Not like Ebenezer Scrooge, getting visited by creepy ghosts in the night. It’s a gnawing sense of urgency, a knowledge that the clock keeps ticking. Whether I have sixty more minutes or sixty more years to live, I can’t get the clock to go backwards.

Even Jesus has a sense of urgency, and the guy is eternal

“We need to be energetically at work for the One who sent me here, working while the sun shines,” Jesus says. “When night falls, the workday is over. For as long as I am in the world, there is plenty of light. I am the world’s Light” (John 9:4–5 MSG).

You know that saying, “Make hay while the sun shines”? That’s what Jesus is saying. It’s sunny — get out and work. The time will come when it’s all over, and we can’t get this opportunity back.

We’ve allowed ourselves to get so distracted that we can actually forget that our lives are short. There are too many shows to binge-watch, too many updates to read, too many breaking stories to follow. We are on a high-speed train with no way to get off. 

The work of rest

It’s exhausting trying to do everything, see everything, document everything. FOMO will wear you out. We can hardly see one another anymore, in person, not digital, real humanity. Unfiltered reality has become hard to sit with, so we never give it a chance.

Some days, rest is no work at all. A day spent working in the yard, a hard workout, or walking all over — you collapse into bed and zonk out. But most days, rest is elusive. Quiet has to be deliberately chosen.

Jesus says, “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me — watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly” (Matt. 11:28–30 MSG).

He’s offering rest, but it takes action. He’s offering quiet, but we have to change direction. He’s offering work, but we have to put down our business.

The two enemies to the gospel are laziness and busyness.

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