Intersecting Life and Faith

All You Have to do is Call

This post is not even a year old, but someone reminded me of it the other day and thought it would be a good one to re-post as I work on my first blogging post with The Exodus Road.

You just call out my name
And you know wherever I am
I’ll come running to see you
Winter, spring, summer or fall
All you have to do is call
And I’ll be there. Carole King (You’ve Got a Friend)

I read a post this morning that has given me a lot of food for thought all day. It reminded me of Carole King’s song, You’ve Got a Friend.

My friend, Tim Challies, well we’ve never met, but I read his posts everyday and we both love Jesus, so I guess that makes us friends. Anyway, his post on I’m Not Busy kept my brain busy all day.

I never want to give the perception to anyone that I am too busy. It seems our culture shouts…

busyness is a virtue. I say NOT.

Admittedly, I have had busy seasons when my kids were much younger, but I agree with Challies and the author of a New York Times article he quotes

Most of what we do that makes us busy is self-imposed.

You can read the post to draw your own conclusions.

The point of this post is to say I am not busy either.

I have determined to love God with all my heart, mind and soul and my neighbor as myself. I also want to glorify God in whatever I am doing, (1 Corinthians 10:31). Those three goals give me the focus I need to take my eyes off myself, turn them to Jesus and others.

I don’t want to be too busy that I don’t have time to answer a text message when someone needs to go for a walk and chat. I want to have time to enjoy coffee or lunch with friends. I want to have time to cook and bake for others. I want to have time to return a call or email.

I don’t want to waste my life on being too busy. I want to lose my life for Jesus Christ and others.  I want  you to know my thoughts often go to those of you who are sick, sad or feeling overwhelmed. It isn’t me, it is the Holy Spirit bringing you to mind so I can pray for you, laugh with you, and weep with you.

I am not too busy for you my friend.

So, just call out my name, you do have a friend.


Better yet, call on Jesus, he is never too busy and is with you wherever you are.



  1. Elaine W. Miller

    Thank you for this. I need to read it every day. Trying hard to keep my priorities and perspective right with God and do what He calls me to do.

    Love you, friend,

  2. Shelley

    mmmmm….time to pray….

  3. Debbie

    After reading your post today, I am glad that I used my break @ work this morning, to take a quick walk to call my mom. This was before I read your post! 🙂 Taking the time…what a gentle reminder. Thanks, Jody!

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