You may have to quit doing other things you like, or at least put them aside temporarily, but it's never not possible to do so.
What often we really mean when we say “I'm too busy” is “I don't want to” or “this simply isn't high on my list of priorities right now.”
I think that it's important that we say what we mean. “I'm not interested” sounds less polite, but it's true, and in the long run it's less frustrating for the other party than continually being put off by “I'm too busy”.
The phrase “I'm too busy” implies that if your schedule clears up, you will make time. First, if you aren't interested, “I'm not busy” won't stop someone from asking again in the future when your schedule clears up. Second, if you are interested, then “I'm not busy” is most likely not true. If you truly want something, you can find the time, or you don't truly want it, at least not as much as the other things occupying your time.
I think in a spiritual sense the above principle is key. How many times have you skipped prayer and time in the Bible because you were “too busy”? In that case, we need to be honest with ourselves and realize that our priorities are out of line and that our misaligned priorities are driving our activities and schedules. Cut something out, and find that time God has given you for His glory.
What has God asked you to be doing with your time? What is on your list, that you could sacrifice, to make time for what God really would like you to be doing? Let me know in the comments below.
In Christ Jesus,