Slow Down

Feb 19, 2021

Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. 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.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” – Luke 10:38-42

Admit it, some days are a blur.  We wake up, and over the coming hours, it’s a nonstop rush to not fall behind.  Our biggest need for dealing with our overcrowded schedules and overwhelmed minds is not a course that teaches us to get more done in less time.  It’s not a couple of painkillers or some motivational music or our favorite drink from Starbucks.  The thing that will best help us cope with whatever God has ordained to make its way into our lives each day is not better planning, better personnel, or better productivity.  The remedy for busy, frantic lives is not to speed up, but to slow down. The thing that will most help us with what we face each day is to simply spend time with Jesus getting recharged so we can be prepared for what lies ahead, and refocused so we can prioritize the things that matter most.  You’re not too busy to spend time with Jesus.  You’re too busy not to spend time with Jesus! That’s why it is essential that we spend unhurried, undistracted time with Him each day in prayer, Bible reading, stillness and silence.  In doing so, His words and presence will transform our hearts, inform our thinking, rewire our motives, encourage our spirits, guide our paths, govern our feelings, reshape our behavior, source our words, and influence our lives in every good way that He intends.  Time.  With.  Jesus.  That’s the most important part of our day, and it should have the most intentional part of our schedule because it’s the most influential part of our lives. You know what the cure is for being overwhelmed, worried and frustrated about the many things on your schedule?  Making the right choice to spend time with Jesus today.

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