As I slowly wake up, my eyes suddenly pop open. They glance at the clock, only to realize that the alarm didn’t go off on time. I scramble to get ready for the day and make it out the door.
The day flies by and it seems I have things going on nearly every minute. Finally, the day draws to a close and I settle in for the night. Tired and exhausted, I turn off my light and drift to sleep.
Nowadays, busyness takes over our days, weeks, and months.
Though we may be busy with good things, such as helping others or working on a project for school, we often miss out on the special times to spend time with God.
I see pictures posted on social media of people with their Bibles, a cup of coffee, and a sunrise through the open window. Usually they contain a phrase such as, “starting my day off with the Lord” or “just enjoying this morning with some quiet time”.
Yes, those days do, in fact, come every now and again, but the majority of our days are busy, overwhelming, and exhausting.
The problem is, getting caught up in everyday tasks can easily rob us of what really matters; getting to know our Savior and King.
Is it possible to stay focused on Christ when life gets busy?
Yes! Even in the midst of studying for that exam, planning an event for youth group, or getting your siblings (or kids) out the door on time, Jesus has an immense desire to hear from you and teach you along the way.
When I think about the stress life can bring and my lack of focus on Christ, the story of Mary and Martha comes to mind.
These women were sisters who were preparing for Jesus and some other guests to come to their house. Though they both had things to do and both were excited to see Jesus, they took different approaches.
Before long, Jesus arrived and began to talk to those at the house. Mary, who was intrigued by Jesus’ teachings, took a break from her to-do list to sit and listen to what he had to say.
Martha, on the other hand, continued to run around the house, stressing about everything that still needed to be done. Finally, she had had enough of Mary’s absence.
She came to Jesus and cried, “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.” (Luke 10:40-42)
There’s nothing wrong with getting things done, but we can’t let that steal our relationship with Christ.
Our friendship with God is much too meaningful to be overrun by a busy schedule.
Do you want to be like Mary and sit at Jesus’ feet, anxiously waiting to hear what He has to say?
Whether it’s waking up extra early to talk with the Lord or cancelling a few of your tasks to allow yourself time to focus on Christ, I encourage you to be like Mary and eagerly listen to what Jesus has for you today.
Hey Girls! It’s such a blessing that we can encourage you in your walk with Christ, however, we are not licensed counselors and cannot offer professional advice. If you are seeking help and counsel, we strongly encourage you to talk to a trusted adult such as your parents, a godly woman, or a pastor. They can better guide you, as they are able to know the details of your situation.
*all scripture verses are taken from the NIV.