The Stumbling Block of Busyness

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Today, more than ever before, we are overwhelmed with busyness. A to-do list that is so long it is extremely time consuming to accomplish our tasks. 

New technology has come out with faster ways to get things done. In a perfect world, with all our new technology, we should have more time on our hands. However, we fill those extra saved minutes with something more to do. 

Being to busy to do the right thing. Scheduling our days to glorify God.
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We fill our schedule to the max. We work longer hours. We have our kids enrolled in several extra activities that fill our afternoons up. We work hard to afford to have the perfect house, car, and clothes. Yet, our debt is spiraling out of control. We rush off to work early in the morning and come dragging in late at night. 

No family time. No family devotions. No family prayer time. No personal devotion time. No personal prayer time. And, No, doing it in your car on the way to work doesn’t count. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure God hears you, but…

God wants your undivided attention. 

Have we glorified busyness?

I’m reminded of the story of Mary and Martha in the book of Luke chapter 10. Jesus was coming to stay at their house for dinner. What a treat! Their close friend, Jesus, was coming to their house. 

Luke 10:38-42

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But 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!”. “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Let’s imagine, if you will, that we were there. Whose position, would you take? 

Martha, the sister who is extra busy trying to make everything perfect? I imagine Martha was running around super excited and crazy busy making sure the food was cooked just right and the house was looking as perfect as she could get it. I mean, Jesus was coming to their house! 

Or Mary, who instead of helping her sister with all the preparations needed to clean, cook and feed everyone she decided to sit at Jesus’ feet and listen to Him speak? 

I’m really torn over what I’d do if I was in their shoes. I’d like to think I’d choose to be like Mary; to rest at Jesus’ feet and soak up all the wisdom and love that poured from Him. Yet still, I see that Martha isn’t doing anything wrong, she is taking care of business. She’s just doing what she feels has to be done to have a great dinner for an honored guest. 

So do we throw responsibility to the wind? Do we push our job off on someone else? No, I don’t think that’s the point of the story. 

It’s about priorities. We let the stumbling block of busyness settle in our lives as we fill our days to the max with extra stuff to do instead of focusing on what God wants us to be doing. Priorities! 

Save time for God. Cut out an activity or two. Back off of working so much overtime, if you can. Give God your full attention when you are in your devotion time with Him. Set the example for you kids. Show them what it looks like to have a heart after God.  

Let’s not just have a “christian check list” of things we need to get done so we appear to have our christian act together. 

Prayed. Check. 
Read my Bible. Check
Listen to Christian music. Check
Shared a Bible Verse on Facebook. Check
Post a pic of me reading my bible on Instagram. Check

All that means nothing if we are not experiencing God. God has a plan for us; a special plan for each of us. We must slow down and truly seek Him. Take time to hear God on a daily basis. Take time to study God’s word personally and with your family. 

Matthew 6:33

But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 

You do not have to wait till Sunday mornings to experience God. Praise Him in your home! Show your kids how it is done. 

I encourage you today to not get overwhelmed with glorifying busyness. Do not let it be a stumbling block in your walk with our Lord and Savior. 

Let’s pray. 

Oh Heavenly Father, Blessed be Your Name! Thank you for all that You are. I love you, Jesus. I ask that you forgive us of putting you lower on our “to-do” list. Help us to change. Guide us to know how to better schedule our days in a way that will honor You. Teach us to say no to things that will take away from our special time with you and our precious family time. Help us to number our days. Change our perspective. Holy Spirit I invite you to come into our days and guide us. Lord, help us to be the Christian women that You want us to be. Help us with our priorities and our “to-do” lists. Let nothing come before You in our lives. Help us to know when we need to sit at your feet to experience You and when we need to get up to get our responsibilities done. Lord, we love you. In Jesus name I pray. Amen. 

Is there anything in your schedule that you know needs to go or be moved around to make time with God a priority? Comment below and let’s chat. 

More than Blessed,

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