Too Busy?

Probably one of the most common phrases we hear from others is “I am so busy”. Perhaps it is even one of the most common phrases from our own mouths. In some way or another how busy we are, how much time we don’t have, and how much more time we wished we had is brought up in conversation quite often. 

One of the things I love about our culture is the expectation and freedom we have to take part in the things we enjoy. Even the things we call obligations or the things that aren’t always so enjoyable like work, caring for loved ones, running errands, etc. carry a certain beauty in the freedom and means we have to be able to achieve them. I believe all of these things are blessings from God, grace from God, and ways in which we are made in His image. 
But if we are honest, we tend to use our busyness as a means to compare our lives with others. I have listened to and been part of conversations where to-do lists are stacked up next to others in hopes that one can prove how much more valuable and purposed their life is from the next. We compete against our brothers and sisters and this puts us in a negative cycle of pride and of performance.

Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Philippians 2:3

And if we are honest again, we spend so much time running around and thinking about running around that we don’t exactly take good care of ourselves, cultivate the relationships that matter most to us, and ultimately we neglect spending meaningful time with the Lord. 

As Jesus and His disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what He taught. But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me”. But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken from her”. Luke 10:38-42

I wonder what life would look like if we were people who valued our relationships more than we did our to-do lists; if we were people who practiced the discipline of silence often; if we were people who saw intentional time with the Lord as the most important and necessary part of each day always.
Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted in the earth Psalms 46:10
As I write this, I face conviction in my own heart and reflect upon the many conversations I have had with others recently who have felt similarly. I am thankful to God for to-do lists because they aid me in being a good steward in the time He has given me. I’m thankful to God for the obligations and the enjoyment that I am blessed with. But I pray for us all that we wouldn’t forget that we are called to encourage one another and that we wouldn’t forget the mission at hand. 

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