And the award for busiest month goes to (drumroll please) … May!

Congratulations, May, you’ve beaten out December and the chaos of Christmas. You’ve annihilated the onslaught of June with its weddings and vacations. You stand alone as the most calender-clogging, stress-inducing, sleep-losing 31 days of our lives.

Welcome to May, everyone. Enjoy the ride. I’m so dizzy I already want to get off. And the month is just getting started.

“Full” is May’s favorite word. Our mailboxes are full of invitations, our calendars are full of events and our inboxes are full of reminders.

When everything is so full, it’s amazing how quickly we feel empty. How are we supposed to face these busy weeks of our lives without draining ourselves to dangerous lows? There are months, and seasons, like this when you can’t just “clear your schedule.”

“Sorry, kids, we’re not going to your graduation.”

Not feasible.

Adding one more thing might push you over the edge. But what if you could add something that really added something?

Taking a look at the calendar of Jesus can be helpful. Just because He didn’t carry a smart phone or walk the earth in the 21st century doesn’t mean His calendar wasn’t full. He was utterly swamped. Yet at His busiest moments you don’t find Him erasing obligation; you find Him adding supplication.

Ever catered an unplanned meal for 5,000 people with a few loaves of bread and a couple of fish? Jesus did, and after the chaos, He added one more thing to His schedule.

“After He had sent the crowds away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray, and when it was evening, He was there alone.” (Matthew 14:23)

Ever noticed how life doesn’t slow down when you have a difficult decision to make? When Jesus faced this predicament, He couldn’t take personal time off. Instead, He spent the whole night in prayer, and when daylight came, He chose His 12 disciples — including Judas, who would betray Him.

Ever found rejection, betrayal or even the threat of death in your “next events”? Jesus faced all three during the busiest, and last, week of His life. But instead of deleting the distress, “He … fell on His face and prayed saying, ‘My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.’” (Matthew 26:39)

He didn’t cope by clearing His schedule. And many times, neither can we.

When His schedule was full and His tank was empty, Jesus prayed. He added something that added something. In prayer He found peace, guidance and strength to face the incredible pace of human life.

No matter how busy we are, we’ve all got a few minutes to add something with immediate and lasting benefits.

“Are we weak and heavy-laden, ‘cumbered with a load of care? Precious Savior, still our refuge, take it to the Lord in prayer.”

It might seem counter-intuitive, but what if the best way to free up our busiest seasons is to add something to the calendar?

When that something is prayer, we “May” be on to something.

Gregg Madsen is the Lead Pastor of Steadfast Gretna. Reach him at

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