Do you feel like you have just so much to do and not enough time in the day to do it? I know exactly what you mean! Every morning I have to wake up and write myself a to-do list in order to make sure everything gets done for that day. The problem with this is that as my list grows so does my desire to do EVERYTHING but what is on it. Anyone else know what I mean?
I have a challenge for you all, and myself! At the top of that to-do list, before you think about anything else that needs done for the day, write "Jesus Time". Ladies and gentleman this is going to be the best thing you have ever done for yourselves, trust me. The Lord desires a personal relationship with Him, not our chores. Do our chores give us a sense of belonging? Do they show others the love of Christ? Do they teach us to be disciples? I would say NO to all those questions. Chores are merely for our pleasure, no His. The Lord's only desire is to teach us and grow us in the way we should go; just like the father and son in the picture I took at Clearwater Beach. The father wants nothing more than to share in the memories of building the perfect sand castle and splashing in the ocean waves with his son.
Martha and Mary are a perfect example of what I am trying to get across. In Luke 10 starting with verse 38, Martha and Mary opened up their home to the Lord. Upon His arrival Mary immediately put everything down and sat at His feet and just took in everything He had to say. Martha, on the other hand, was so distracted by her "to-do list", and making sure everything was prepared just wright for Him, that she lost out on that precious time. She became angry that she was doing all the work while Mary just got to sit around. She actually had the nerve to yell at Jesus to demand Mary to help her. His reply to Martha was, 41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Have you ever felt that way? That you were doing all the work and not getting to enjoy what everyone else was enjoying? I know I am guilty of that... a lot! I am challenging us, myself included, to be more like Mary. To put down that dish rag, to unplug the vacuum, to put down the cleaning supplies, and to just take the time to soak in every ounce of what the Lord has to offer. We will never be disappointed or become angry with that decision. Who knows, you might even be surprised the things He has been trying to teach you when you thought you were too busy to add Him to your life.
Who will take this challenge with me?