2 Thessalonians 3:11 (NKJV)
People's lives today are very busy. It seems that there is more going on in people's lives today than ever before, and often what keeps us busy is being connected with other people. Whether it is texting, talking, or using social media it seems that most people want to be connected to someone else as much as possible to see what is happening with everyone else. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but how much do we really need to know about someone else compared to just being busy with what we need to do in our own life and with the responsibilities that we have?
Relationships are an important part of life but like anything else we can go overboard with them. We need to be connected with good people who will help us do the things we need to do but we first of all need to take care of our own life and the things God has for us to do. Some people are so focused on what others are doing that they really don't pay enough attention to the things they need to do in their own life. Or, they are so caught up in seeing things happening in other people's lives that they become envious or maybe even critical about what the other person is doing.
This is the kind of thing that Paul was talking about in 2 Thessalonians 3, people who were so consumed with what others were doing that they were not working themselves; Paul said these people were "busybodies" living in "a disorderly manner". In other words, these people were busy but not with what they needed to be busy with. If we become preoccupied with all the actives that are taking place in the lives of others we can lose the focus that we should have on God's will for our own life. We should maintain the right kind of relationships but keep our attention on what God wants us to do in our own life and on His plan for us.