Busy Being Busy
by Cynthia Jennings | November 20, 2019Busy Being Busy
Today’s society is known for its busyness and its increasing ability to deliver instantaneously. We find ourselves hurried more that our ancestors could ever imagine. Some days, and especially as we approach the holiday season time will appear to be moving at an unprecedent rate of speed. It will feel as if there are not enough minutes in an hour or hours in a day to complete all we have to do, and the clock keeps ticking oftentimes making us lose touch with what is really important.
We are overworked, overstressed, and spiritually undernourished. Our culture promotes “bigger, better and faster” and subtly entices us to keep up. “Bigger, better and faster” is not necessarily wrong. However, I encourage you to weigh out the consequences of the “bigger, better and faster.”
The challenge of “bigger, better and faster” can blind us to busyness. Albeit, there is great joy in scurrying around to find food items for that perfect holiday meal. Going from store to store to get the greatest gifts at the best price. The blissful wait in long lines at the airport or maneuvering through traffic as we rush to get to the homes of family and friends to enjoy relaxation and festivities.
But, in the midst of all this running around and enjoying family and friends, there’s this little small voice, “have you spent time with me today?” You look at your phone with the intention of reading the daily scripture. But the flash of 50%-60% catches your eye. The daily scripture quickly gets overridden by the online sale. As you hit the checkout button you yell out “wow, thank you God I just saved $75.”
Once again you hear that small voice, “have you spent time with me today?” You sit down to pray, but immediately your to do list pops in your head. You mumble a few words(prayer), you get up saying “I have sooo much to do.” Then you start rattling off all of what you feel needs to be accomplished. The voice is still lingering, “have you spent time with me today?”
I often hear “I’m so busy.” Yes, that may be 100% true and I am in on way minimizing what people have going on in their lives. But are we so enthralled with the “busyness” of our lives that we drown out the voice of The Lord to the point where our to do list is more important than spending quality time with The Father?
A great example of the consequence of busyness is the story of Martha and Mary. Martha opened her home to Jesus. While Martha was enthralled with preparations to make things “perfect” for Jesus her sister Mary sat at Jesus feet listening to and absorbing all He had to say. Martha’s distraction of busyness kept her from listening to and spending time with Jesus.
If we are honest, more than not we resemble Martha more than Mary. We rush around doing what we feel needs to be done, while missing the glimpses of Jesus all around us. As difficult as it is, and contrary to our culture, we must be intentional in our efforts to decrease “busyness” and model Mary. As Jesus said in scripture, Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”
PEARLStoPONDER: If we become so focused on trying to beat the clock or should I say catch the clock, the distractions of instantaneously delivery of “bigger, better and faster” will steal our quality time with The Father and can minimize our usefulness to the Kingdom of God.
Luke: 10:38-42-- 38 Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, 42 but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”