I’m the type of person who likes to be busy.
No. Let me say that again. I’m the type of person that NEEDS to be busy.
It’s funny, actually. When I first started university, I hated how I never had time for myself. I wanted free time, and I didn’t have it. This made me feel angry and stressed.
Then summer came along and I felt empty. I was restless, bored out of my mind. I had nothing productive to do. Sure, I could go out, shop, watch a movie, and more. But all these things…something was missing. I found that despite having a full day planned with outings and entertainment, I was lacking something.
And then it hit me: I wasn’t being productive.
My mind, although busy with ‘having fun’, wasn’t engaged in something goal-worthy. I needed to contribute to something, to feel that I was working towards something. Almost immediately, a Bible verse popped into my head:
“Idle hands are the devil’s workshop” (Proverbs 16:27)
Ever heard of the phrase ‘an empty mind is a devil’s plaything?’ This Bible verse relates well to that concept. We’re human – we were created to be fruitful, to use our time wisely. When we are productive, we feel useful. But when we remain without goals or work, we become empty and distressed. And at these moments of emptiness, the devil begins fighting us. He tries to fill our minds and hearts with harmful thoughts and feelings, hoping to separate us from God.