“Be still and know that I am God…” – Psalm 46:10
I keep finding myself saying, “Things will be smoother once baseball is over, or the baton competition is over, or the church pool party is over, etc, etc, etc.” The truth is, once one thing is over, there are usually three more coming my way at full speed. I honestly do not feel that my issue is I take on too much. God blessed me with five wonderful children and I feel it is my duty to teach them about God and help them explore their interests and support them as such. This can be overwhelmingly time consuming. Plus, I have a servant’s heart. I believe with my whole being that by serving others we serve God. Therefore, when a volunteer opportunity arises, I usually jump in with both feet and not even consider how deep that water is. The end result usually is doing everything I can to keep my head above water and patiently wait for the current to take me to a shallower, slower-paced place.
Recently, I have found myself pushing to fit in baton lessons for over 20 little girls. I love my baton girls! There are weeks where I may spend 2-3 evenings working with my little twirlers. I enjoy spending time with them. I enjoy watching their faces as they learn something new. I enjoy watching them grow in self-confidence as they improve. However; all this enjoyment takes a lot of time in and out of the gym.
Things seem to be bustling at church as well. There are bulletins to print, newsletters to get out, a website and social media that needs updated, Sunday School lessons to prepare and then jumping in to help in other areas such as outreach programs, serving ministries and youth functions.
Then there are the kids’ individual interests: baseball, cheerleading, bible bowl, 4-H, boy scouts, football, basketball, etc. All of which require drive time to and from, games to watch, projects to work on, and uniforms to wash and so on. And on top of it all is the normal, everyday mom stuff like laundry, meals, kissing boo boos, helping with homework, bedtime stories, caring for animals and yada, yada, yada. Did I forget to mention that I work full-time as well?
Needless to say I did not find it to be a coincidence when two different bible studies I was involved in both pointed to the same story. Within a couple weeks of each other, the bible study at church (Gods at War by Kyle Idleman) drove home the same point I just went over with the bible study I am working on with my girls (A Young Woman after God’s Own Heart by Elizabeth George). Both studies emphasized the story of Mary and Martha. It is listed below for those of you unfamiliar with this passage.
At the Home of Martha and Mary
As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
CRASH! And there it was. The message hit me like a ton of bricks. I had gotten so wrapped up in preparing for this, serving in that, helping with this, that and the other that I had no time left to just sit and listen to what Jesus had to say. After spending some time in prayer on how to remedy the situation, I began to make some changes. Time to cut back on all the things that caused worry and upset and time to have a seat and listen. I realize I don’t have to volunteer for everything that crosses my path. I must have faith others will step up and fill in. I realize that God is often found in moments of simplicity and quiet solitude rather than the hustle and bustle of being all things to all people. I understand that time here is short and I don’t want to be so busy preparing for the next thing that I miss the wonderful things presently happening. Time to head to calmer waters and float along on a big raft with a bible in my hand and Jesus in my heart. I am in the process of making this change now so I will do my best to keep you tuned in on how things go.
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