The Business of Busyness

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#577: “The Business of Busyness”
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Luke 10:1-42

1After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go.

2He told them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. 3Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. 4Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road. 5"When you enter a house, first say, 'Peace to this house.' 6If a man of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; if not, it will return to you. 7Stay in that house, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house. 8"When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is set before you. 9Heal the sick who are there and tell them, 'The kingdom of God is near you.' 10But when you enter a town and are not welcomed, go into its streets and say, 11'Even the dust of your town that sticks to our feet we wipe off against you. Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God is near.' 12I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town. 13"Woe to you, Korazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 14But it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment than for you. 15And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted up to the skies? No, you will go down to the depths. 16"He who listens to you listens to me; he who rejects you rejects me; but he who rejects me rejects him who sent me." 17The seventy-two returned with joy and said, "Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name." 18He replied, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. 20However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven." 21At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure. 22"All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and no one knows who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him." 23Then he turned to his disciples and said privately, "Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. 24For I tell you that many prophets and kings wanted to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it." 25On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. "Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" 26"What is written in the Law?" he replied. "How do you read it?" 27He answered: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind' ; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'" 28"You have answered correctly," Jesus replied. "Do this and you will live." 29But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" 30In reply Jesus said: "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. 35The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. 'Look after him,' he said, 'and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.' 36"Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?" 37The expert in the law replied, "The one who had mercy on him." Jesus told him, "Go and do likewise." 38As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet listening to what he said. 40But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, "Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!" 41"Martha, Martha," the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things,

42but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her."

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The Business of Busyness

“The Business of Busyness” is episode #577 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written by John Fornof and Kathy Buchanan, and originally aired on October 29, 2005.


The Washingtons can’t find time for family devotions, and Eugene’s new service organization has him running in circles!


Eugene’s new philanthropic organization PLEASE is a whopping success around Odyssey. His phone rings off the hook with requests for kitchen painting, lawn mowing, raking, and even a pedicure. However, Eugene is quickly getting burned out! Whit suggests that Eugene use his energy to train people to help others. That way, Eugene can use his specific talents to invent and instruct.

Meanwhile, Ed Washington attempts to lead his family in family devotions, but the family never seems to be in the same place at the same time.

When Ed and Elaine forget to pick Tamika up from Whit's End, Tamika explains the family busyness to Eugene. He agrees to create a family schedule for the Washingtons'. His conclusion is that, with their current schedule, they do not have time for family devotions.

After some prayer, each family member gives up one activity in order to make time for family devotions. Tamika gives up dance and Marvin gives up Dinosaur Club. While discussing their plan for family devotions, Tamika suggests that they do a family activity together. The doorbell rings and Eugene hurries in to pick up his scheduling supplies and the family has an idea...they should help out Eugene! Together they clean Mrs. Randolph's yard with the help of Eugene's new invention: the Super Power Raker. And together they discover that spending time with God is more important than dance lessons or Dinosaur Club.

This plot section is too short and should be expanded. »

Discussion Questions

1. How did some of Odyssey's residents take unfair advantage of Eugene's willingness to serve? Would that be a good excuse to stop serving? Why or why not?

2. God wants us to meet needs according to the gifts He has given us (1 Peter 4:10). What are some of the gifts He has given you? How can you use them to be a blessing?

3. The Washingtons had a great time working with P.L.E.A.S.E. Is there a ministry or charity in your community that could use a little help? Talk to your parents about devoting a few hours to serving together.


Heard in episode

Role Voice Actor
Connie Kendall Katie Leigh
Eugene Meltsner Will Ryan
Marvin Washington Kendre Berry
Tamika Washington Courtney Brown
Ed Washington Mark Christopher Lawrence
Elaine Washington J Karen Thomas
John Whittaker Paul Herlinger
Mrs. Thatcher Unknown

Mentioned in episode

Character Mentioned By
Armitage Shanks Eugene Meltsner
Trent DeWhite Elaine Washington
Mrs. Randolph Connie Kendall
Guy Feldstein Connie Kendall
Harlow Doyle Connie Kendall
Doris Rathbone Connie Kendall


  • Ironically, the usually-articulate Eugene verbally stumbles over "manus sursum" every time he says it in this episode.
  • Eugene's apology in this episode to the Washington family about the crudity of his schedule outline may have been inspired by a similar line given by Doc Brown to Marty twice in the Back to the Future trilogy.



Connie Kendall: ...Oh, and Doris Rathbone wants a pedicure.
Eugene Meltsner: Ew!

Connie Kendall: Hey, Eugene, are you any good with meat slicers?

Eugene Meltsner: If I were a father, I'd have to equip my children with homing devices!