Today, on my bus ride to work, I posted this personal thought on Instagram. It read, “Ever wondered what is most important to you? See what you dedicate the most time to.”
I read about Martha in the Bible (Luke 10:38-42) Martha had a sister named Mary and a brother called Lazarus. The siblings were all friends of Jesus. When Jesus came to stay with Martha and her sister, Martha grew frustrated because her sister Mary. Mary did not help to serve or make preparations for Jesus’ stay, instead, she sat as Jesus’ feet and listened to his teachings. Martha asked Jesus to make Mary help her, but Jesus replied saying, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:41-42 NIV)
The story of Martha helped me to realize how busy we can become. For three weeks now, I have felt like I’ve been going full speed with no breaks. I remember how irritated I would get when I observed someone checking their phone and seeing that no one had called them; they would complain saying, “No one loves me anymore!” Every time I witnessed this, I would give a huge sigh of frustration. It’s funny, but just the other day I found myself making the same statement. I had to give myself a reality check.
THINGS I HAVE NEGLECTED FOR 3 WEEKS:
- Personal Time
Some of the things on my list may seem a bit simple, but it’s major to me. I spend time with God through devotionals. My devotionals are important because they keep me sane and in tune with God. It also gives me a chance to speak intimately with God through prayer and to sit at his feet, like Mary did in Luke 10:38-42.
I have definitely neglected my friends. I always tell myself, “My friends know I love them!” I truly believe they do know I love them, but it’s always good to tell them that I love them too. I lost consistent communication with a friend recently, so I figured why not send a good morning text just the show that I haven’t forgotten about them. Although life get’s busy, my friends are still a priority.
Personal time is a MUST HAVE for me. I’m one that get’s lost in my thoughts if I don’t take time and reflect on them. I get easily flustered and agitated when I don’t have time alone. I have to process ideas, emotions, and life in general. Today at work, I stood in the front of the store, gazing out of the window for about five minutes, I needed to think.
Exercise has become a hobby and a friend. It helps me to relieve stress as a friend would do. I enjoy knowing that I’m being good to my body and that I’m preparing my body to be energized for all of life’s tasks. I exercise when I’m bored, upset, or when I overeat…lol :)
So today my mom reminded me that I never cook anymore. She asked, “So when is the last time you cooked?” I couldn’t even remember! I felt kind of bad about it. I’ve been so caught up in my own routine and schedule, that I actually forgot that I never cook anymore.
I realize why I’ve been so busy. I’ve been chasing the mighty dollar -_- That was really hard to admit, but it’s true. “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.” (Matthew 6:24) Anytime my manager asks me to work overtime, YES is always the answer. I figured, what can it hurt to work a few extra hours, but when you haven’t spent time with God, it does hurt. I will be more like Mary. I need to sit at Jesus’ feet, listen and let Him pour into my empty vessel. My job won’t bring me salvation and it definitely isn’t my living water. Instead of chasing after money, I should be chasing after Christ. The one who paid THE PRICE for me.
Romans 12 speaks many great truths, but the scripture that sticks with me is Romans 12:2, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. This scripture reminds me that I can’t fall victim to the worldly mindset, I have to renew my mind daily. I can renew my mind by reading and meditating on God’s word. While reading and meditating on the word of God I will better understand God’s will and his desires for my life.
I hope this encouraged you to be genuine in your busy times and still keep your eyes stay on God; He is the beginning and the end. When everything else passes away and there is nothing left to be had, God will still be there.
Thanks for reading :)