Busyness: Faith’s Novocain

Busyness – the dull of life. It’s what keeps us from being sharp, prepared, and even intentional. There are lots of distractions, good things, and wonderful stuff begging for attention. This thing called busyness numbs spiritually – causing indifference, apathy, and at times restlessness. Yet, Jesus’ invitation is subtle. Take for example the interaction between Mary, Martha, and Jesus in Luke 10:38-42.

38 While they were traveling, He entered a village, and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. 39 She had a sister named Mary, who also sat at the Lord’s feet and was listening to what He said. 40 But Martha was distracted by her many tasks, and she came up and asked, “Lord, don’t You care that my sister has left me to serve alone? So tell her to give me a hand.”41 The Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but one thing is necessary. Mary has made the right choice, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42 

Here are some takeaways as I learn from this moment:

  1. There’s nothing wrong with serving, you simply need times of refueling. There will always be things (good stuff) to do. Be sure you’re refueled in order to be your best at what you do. 
  2. Jesus invites you spend time with Him. Think this is self-explanatory. 
  3. Pick up a Bible and spend some time learning and hearing from Him. Where do we hear from God today? It’s in the Scriptures. In the book Unstuck: Your Life, God’s Design, Real Change, the authors cite research that indicated people who read the Bible (and apply) four times or more per week tend to live “unstuck” spiritual lives. Check out the book – it’s worth the read.
  4. Don’t get too busy doing good that you forget the one you really serve. Perspective does influence behavior.