Best Quotes: Crazy Busy


Since we’re all crazy busy, here are the best quotes from Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung! Hope they’re helpful.

“When we are crazy busy, we put our souls at risk.” (Pg. 26)

“One study found that commuters experience greater levels of stress than fighter pilots and riot police.” (Pg. 26)

“Margin is the space between our load and our limits.” – Richard Swenson (Pg. 27)

“Busyness is like sin: kill it or it will kill you.” (Pg. 28)

“Busyness serves as a kind of existential reassurance, a hedge against emptiness.” – Tim Kreider (Pg. 31)

“People-pleasing is actually a form of pride and narcissism.” (Pg. 35)

“If we get our lives under control, we won’t seem nearly so impressive and people won’t ooh and aah over our burdens.” (Pg. 37)

“Even if you could be known the world over, what does it matter if you have no time to be known by God?” (Pg. 37)

“Am I trying to do good or look good?” (Pg. 41)

“Good hospital-ity is making your home a hospital.” (Pg. 41)

“Surely there are many Christians who are terribly busy because they sincerely want to be obedient to God.” (Pg. 45)

“You may be part of the bridal party, but you are not the groom. You are not the Messiah, so don’t try to be.” – Gordon Hugenberger (Pg. 48)

“Jesus knew the difference between urgent and important. He understood that all the good things he could do were not necessarily the things he ought to do.” (Pg. 55)

“The person who never sets priorities is the person who does not believe in his own finitude.” (Pg. 57)

“Time is totally perishable and cannot be stored.” (Pg. 58)

“If computers can’t do two things at once, we certainly can’t.” (Pg. 60)

“Caring for people is often wildly inefficient.” (Pg. 62)

“One of the best things we can do for our kids is to find a way to stop being so frantic and frazzled.” (Pg. 70)

“Most moms and dads think they are either the best or the worst parents in the world, and both are wrong.” – Kevin DeYoung’s Admin Assistant (Pg. 73)

“It does no good to pine for a world that isn’t coming back and probably wasn’t as rosy as we remember it.” (Pg. 79)

“The happiest and most fulfilled times of my life have all involved a prolonged separation from the Internet.” – College Senior (Pg. 81)

“We want to complexify our lives. We don’t have to, we want to. We want to be harried and hassled and busy. Unconsciously, we want the very things we complain about.” (Pg. 83)

“If ‘digital busyness is the enemy of depth,’ then we are bound to be stuck in the shallows so long as we’re never alone. Our digital age gives new relevance to Pascal’s famous line: ‘I have often said that the sole cause of man’s unhappiness is that he does not know how to stay quietly in his room.” (Pg. 84-85)

“Because of the incarnation, we understand there is no substitute for dwelling with physical people in a physical space. So we do not accept virtual encounters as adequate substitutes for flesh and blood relationships.” (Pg. 87)

“We cannot be truly here and there at the same time. The biggest deception of our digital age may be the lie that says we can be omni-competent, omni-informed, and omni-present.” (Pg. 88)

“[God] offers us Sabbath as a test; it’s an opportunity to trust God’s work more than our own.” (Pg. 91)

“God made us to need sleep, and when we think we can survive without it, we not only spurn his gift (Ps. 127:2); we show our mistaken self-reliance.” (Pg. 95)

“You cannot cheat sleep indefinitely. And the longer you try to borrow against sleep, the more your body (or God) will force you to pay for those hours – plus interest.” (Pg. 96)

“Sometimes the godliest thing you can do in the universe is get a good night’s sleep…” – D. A. Carson (Pg. 97)

“The antidote to busyness of soul is not sloth and indifference. The antidote is rest, rhythm, death to pride, acceptance of our own finitude, and trust in the providence of God.” (Pg. 102)

“Can we honestly say and show that sitting at the feet of Jesus is the one thing that is necessary?” (Pg. 113)

“We have to believe that the most significant opportunity before us every day is the opportunity to sit at the feet of Jesus.” (Pg. 115)

“It’s not wrong to be tired. It’s not wrong to feel overwhelmed. It’s not wrong to go through season of complete chaos. What is wrong – and heartbreakingly foolish and wonderfully avoidable – is to live a life with more craziness than we want because we have less Jesus than we need.” (Pg. 118)

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