Ecclesiastes 4:6 (ESV)
6 Better is a handful of quietness than two hands full of toil and a striving after wind.
The loud clamour of a busy schedule often gets in the way of some quiet time with the Lord our God.
A chance to talk to him.
To ‘meditate’ on His word (see Psalm 1).
And in so doing to simply sit at the feet of Jesus and ‘listen to him’ (Matthew 17:5).
Yet how sad would it be if in ‘[hearing] the word of the kingdom [we did] not understand it’. (Matthew 13:19)
Or we ‘… [receive] it with joy but then ‘when tribulation or persecution arises … [we fall] away’. (Matthew 13:20f)
Or that we allowed the ‘cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches [to] choke the word’ thereby making it ‘unfruitful’. (Matthew 13:22)
Working our butts off without a prayerful dependence on God our Father is doomed from the outset.
prayer : help me Lord to meditate on your word day and night
action : find a quiet place to spend time with God, free of distractions and disturbances