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Get A Grip on Busyness

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Ever feel like you need to get a break?  Ever felt like you just need to get away from everything that is going on?  I know when my world is quaking with lots of business, deadlines, to-dos – there never seems to be enough time to do it in.  I often feel like I can’t possibly garner enough hours in the day to get everything accomplished.

I’m reminded of another kindred spirit who was too involved with the busyness of life to focus on the goal, at times.  Her name was Martha.

Luke 10:38 Now as they went on their way, Jesus[a] 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.[b] Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”

Martha was busy – and for good reasons:  Jesus was coming to visit.  The problem is that she had become so super focused on the busyness and preparation that she wanted to make sure everyone knew it…and that everyone else should get involved.

How Jesus handled this was so super-slick.  He gave Ms Busyness an official “Jesus Juke”.

“Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things,”

…but its the next thing Jesus said that causes me to perk up:

42 but one thing is necessary

[tweet_box]I don’t know about you…but if Jesus says anything…I’m all in.  If Jesus tells me “Here’s the ONE thing you need to know right now…” then I’m waiting to hear every syllable and make it my new life mantra.[/tweet_box]

Jesus knew that in the busyness of Martha’s world – the only thing she needed was to grab a chair and spend some time talking to the only One who can completely fill her sails, replenish her spirit, and bring sense to the chaos.  Jesus wanted that time as well.  Do you think He needed the preparation and the cooking and the cleaning?  Didn’t He just get done turning a few fish into enough to feed thousands?  If it was a meal He was after at Martha’s house…He could have made it himself.

No – He wanted the conversation.

…and He wants US to make time for those conversations with Him.

How busy are you?