Key Text: Luke 10:38-42
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.”
A very high percentage of people will narrate how busy they are when asked the question “how are you doing?” probably you’ve had to respond the same way too. Many use the term “busy” as a boast, usually disguised as a complaint. But engaging in so many activities does not necessarily mean you are productive.
Little success is achieved when we get engaged in activities that are not crucial to our purpose in life. We lose momentum engaging in activities that do not measure up to the worth of our time. Jesus commended Mary for sitting and listening at his feet, but reprimanded Martha for her anxieties and many activities. It was recorded that Martha, who seems to be working hard in making preparations for the Lord was “distracted”. Every moment you are busy doing less important tasks, you are wasting precious resources.
Ephesians 5:16 says: “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil”.
Commit to writing down your most important tasks daily, label them in the order of their priorities and start with the most important. Before you take on any task always ask yourself the question “is this necessary?” Delegate tasks and monitor systematically”. Before you respond to criticism; re-assess the situation to see if it’s worth your time. Gossiping is a “thief of time” it should be avoided like a plague. Turn of notification on your digital devices for some time; create sacred times for yourself to continuously assess your activity progress.
Take time to “sit with God” in prayers and meditation; for there is nothing like getting direct instructions and revelations from God.
Prayer: Lord, grant me clear direction today, order my steps as I discipline myself to focus on your leading.
You will succeed.