I never thought I would be drop kicked and punched in the throat at the same time by Rev. C.J. Mahaney.

If you’re not familiar with Mahaney, he’s a pastor in Maryland, a prolific author, and is normally a very godly man, except for that one time last Monday night when he did the aforementioned throat punch / drop kick.

The assault came as I was reading a series of blogs by Mahaney titled Biblical Productivity. I was reading them more out of frustration than anything else, because I was in the middle of having an overwhelming moment / panic attack / pity party as I looked at my calendar for the next several weeks and the ensuing horror that would accompany the thing called my schedule.

In short, Mahaney came off the top rope on my self-sufficient ideas of busyness in my world.  He reminded me busyness does not equal diligence, it does not equal faithfulness, and does not equal fruitfulness.  He helped me to think of life and work in the realm of roles and goals rather than to-do lists and checklists.  He blew up the idea of scheduling-as-normal and made me consider what it is that my dependence rests on: not a schedule, but God himself.

I’m still sore from Mahaney’s attack.  I still have much to think about in light of this new way of looking at my busyness.  And I commend to you this series of posts, because it is seriously some good stuff.  But when you’re black and blue and bleeding from your eyeballs, don’t say I didn’t warn you.  C.J. ain’t no slouch.

Start the journey here.