Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Blessed are the busy

One of my favorite stories in the Bible is when Jesus says to his friend, Mary, “Mary, Mary, why can’t you be like Martha all multitasking and blisteringly busy. She’s got the high life and I don’t mean Miller.” 

                                                                       Never mind, my memory is faulty.

Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Jesus and said, "Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me." But the Lord answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her."  Luke 10:40-42 (NIV) 

Why are we so busy and getting even busier? Why must every minute be filled? Why do I need to “get away” so often? Get away from what? Are we answering God’s call? Will I miss out? On what? Will I ruin my children if they miss anything? Am I trying to prove my worth (I can do what you do and more?) Who is judging us and have they earned that right? Or am I judging myself? What am I running from/to? Why does the end zone keep moving? 

If escalating busyness is the highest good, it must be God. If so, it is a cruel god. It leaves us drained and anxious. Rather than rise to noble things, we answer the call of what pressures us the most. Jesus promises us Peace as our North Star. Peace. What or who is your North Star? The thing you and everyone in your life must bow to? Is it/she/he worthy of worship? 

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13

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