Photo: Again We Say Rejoice
Author: Paige Winn
I’m a list-maker. I love the feeling of marking off my “to do” items. I crave the feeling that comes from accomplishing my daily tasks and goals. It feels so good to get things done! Have you ever-added items to your list that you have just completed? I’m embarrassed to say, I have. Don’t judge. It just feels good to mark things off. Check! It makes me feel productive and gives me a sense of accomplishment. It proves my value. When will it ever sink in my head that my value will never come from “doing?” My value is always in “being.”
> Being a daughter of the King
> Being called
> Being chosen
> Being loved
> Being redeemed
I am His. How is it that we can value getting things done more than spending time with our good, good Father?
Studies prove that we perceive busyness as having tremendous value in our lives. Being busy implies importance and worth. We are even defensive of it. And most of us are crazy busy. And tired. All the time tired, because we are so darn busy… Does being busy bring us joy? The world constantly tells us to hurry, to rush, to get things done. One of my favorite Ann Voscamp quotes says, “Hurry always empties a soul – slow, still, quiet fills it up.” I so need the reminder to slow down.
Busy always reminds me of Martha. I can so be “Martha.” Running around trying to get everything done. Worried about what everyone else is doing. Missing the opportunity, missing the most important thing to ever happen in her life or in my life. Jesus.
“As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Now, I’m not bashing Martha and I don’t believe Jesus was either. Jesus loved both Martha and Mary. There are times when we need to be Martha. What Martha was doing was good. She had the gift of hospitality. She invited Him in and opened her house to Him. She was serving Jesus. We are all called to serve, to love in action. So we all need time in our life to be Martha, but not at the expense of being Mary. Mary chose what was better. Mary was worshipping, lavishly loving Jesus and Jesus honored her. Let’s not be so busy serving Jesus that we miss knowing Him.
Today, I want to choose what is better. I want to stop rushing around believing in what the world values and feeling guilty about being still. I don’t want to miss it! I don’t want to miss Him. My hearts yearns to be Mary and just sit at the feet of Jesus. What a privilege! To listen, to love, to worship Him… There is great joy and healing in His Presence. With Him, there is peace and eventually my priorities fall in place and in line with His perfect Will.
We all have choices with our time. We make time for the things that are important to us. What is important to you? Where do you spend your time? God calls us to trust Him enough to spend time with Him. We need to push back the demands of the day and refuse to feel guilty about being still. Today, let’s sit at His feet. He longs for us to come. It so pleases our Father when we give ourselves in sweet communion to the King, humbly sitting with our Savior, the Star-Breather, Creator and Friend. Let us adore Him. The quiet allows us to hear His still, small voice. Listen. May we lay aside our lists, chores, distractions, and focus on Him. I promise this is the most important thing you will do today. God will honor your sacrifice of time. It’s such a privilege we have to be in His Presence and He paid a high price for it. We have access to the King always. As believers, He lives in us. Time spent at the foot of the cross is never wasted. It’s precious! Let us be still and know He is God. Stop the hurry. Wait on Him. Have coffee this morning with The King. Add it to your “to-do” list, but make it number 1!
He is worthy!
Paige Winn is a stay at home mom of two almost grown boys, 20 and 17. She has an MBA and a Marketing degree from Auburn University. War Eagle! Her heart is found in volunteering for FMSC by feeding His children hungry in body and soul, serving on the Elder board at Rising Church and on the Greeting and Hospitality teams, and being in the Presence of the King. Her passion is prayer and encouraging others to seek and know our Good, Good Father.