“While Jesus and his disciples were traveling, Jesus entered a village where a woman named Martha welcomed him as a guest. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his message. By contrast, Martha was preoccupied with getting everything ready for their meal. So Martha came to him and said, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to prepare the table all by myself? Tell her to help me.” The Lord answered, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things. One thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the better part. It won’t be taken away from her.”” – Luke 10:38-42 CEB
The busy life. Sound familiar. For the last couple months, I have been so busy, that I haven’t blogged much. It seems there is always on more thing to do. Family commitments, work related stuff, helping neighbors…all of these are good things, except….except, as Jesus points out in the verses above, our busyness and business get in the way of our relationships with God and with each other.
My culture respects and expects us to be like Martha – tending to business first. I wonder if I’m not too busy most of the time just taking care of business.
Sure, The Lord wants us to be responsible, but even more importantly, God wants us to be in relationship. This is where life is found, in relationship with God and with others.
So, my question for you today, do you find yourself in the same boat as me? Are you frequently too busy?
Here’s your invitation to and challenge to slow down and spend some time with God and with the people you love. Don’t get lost in the good works and lose the relationships. One thing is necessary, and Mary had the wisdom to spend time with Jesus when he was a guest in their house.
Prayer: Lord, I’m amazed that you love me and still want to be in relationship with me, but I know that you do. Thank you for waiting for me to get through my busyness, and to realize that all along, you just wanted to be together. Friends spend time together, it’s what we do.
Bonus: I had this song running through my head today, and just wanted to share: