“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.” Luke 10:39-42 (ESV)
As I continue to encourage you to engage in the spiritual disciplines, I recognize there is one huge hurdle you must overcome.
That hurdle is the beast of busyness.
In a report on the work trends of physicians, researchers have found both good and bad news. The good news is that the average number of hours that a physician works per week has dropped from 54.9 hrs/week in 1996-1998 to 51 hrs/week from 2006 to 2008.
The bad news is we’re still working too hard.
Carl Jung once said that busyness is not just from the devil…it IS the devil.
In today’s verses, Jesus talks about the “good portion”. This is exemplified by Mary sitting at the feet of Jesus, not Martha running around distracted and busy. The spiritual disciplines help us engage in the “good portion”.
The issue of busyness can be dealt with. Periodic evaluation of your schedule is necessary to make sure you’ve allotted your time in the manner the Lord desires. It’s important to regularly take time to evaluate your level of busyness. How much of your work is reaping spiritual fruit? How much of your busyness is caused by lifestyle choices?
Whenever our busyness is in part to maintain a certain lifestyle, we’ve lost sight of the truth that our treasure is in heaven.
Fortunately, there are resources that help us in the battle against the beast of busyness. I highly recommend Dr. Richard Swenson’s well known book Margin.
However, the first step overcoming the beast of busyness is to make a commitment to take on this beast!
Remember that it is far better to spend our life for things that last into eternity, than things that are temporary.
Prayer: Lord show me the schedule You want me to have!