In today’s society, everybody and everything are so rushed. You see people rushing to work. Rushing to get off work. Rushing to get home. Rushing to a certain date marked on the calendar. And even now, you notice kids rushing. Rushing to turn sixteen. Rushing to drive. And the biggest one– rushing to move out for more freedom. But at what point does one realize that rushing through life doesn’t allow you to move up the ladder faster but actually stunt your growth and cause you to miss out on life?
Over the past few days, I disciplined myself to fast for the Lord. Although it was challenging, I’m grateful to have done my best. Throughout fasting, I have witnessed God reveal some important areas in my life that need work….
“You are too busy and rush through your days. You’re doing so much yet the work is unfruitful and causes you to miss out on what is really important.”
…is what the Holy Spirit convicted me with.
Immediately Luke 10:38-42 was placed on my heart, which tells about Jesus’ encounter with the sisters, Mary and Martha at their home.
If you aren’t familiar with that story, I will give you a quick rundown 🙂
When Jesus visited the sisters’ home, He talked while Mary sat at his feet and listened to every word that was said. Martha, on the other hand, was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She went to Jesus and said “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
Jesus replied “Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but few are needed– or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
In my conviction, I realized I was in Martha’s shoes every single day. Like Martha, I spent most of the day busy on my feet striving to maintain a clean home. Even when I was out and about with my family, I mainly focused on my long to-do list that still needed to be crossed off instead of what was really important.
Some people may think that I’m just doing the duties of a wife and mom of 2. And for the longest, I believed the same. But during my fast, the Lord taught me something so valuable–something that has left my life feeling a lot less busy and more fruitful and meaningful. He taught me how to be undistracted by the small things and enjoy every single moment of my day.
Now, this may sound strange but believe me when I say I allowed God to control my days. Meaning, no to-do list. No getting ahead of myself with thoughts like “What should I do next?”, and no more Perfect Patty.
Surprisingly, it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. I actually enjoyed leaving those crumbs on the counter and several dishes in the sink while I sat back to enjoy a late morning breakfast and movie with my family. I looked forward to seeing the joy within my kids’ eyes, and the moments of being able to leave my home sooner because I wasn’t trying to make sure everything was perfect and in order before leaving. And I definitely liked the moments to sit back and rest that God planned for me. Simply put, I loved being able to enjoy the things I so often overlooked.
My conviction made me see how easy it is for people to get so distracted with their lives that they tend to miss out on what is truly important– spending time in the Word, family, and serving others. Of course, working for steady income and going to school for that degree is important but be careful not to let it consume or distract you from the things that really matter.
In the midst of your day to day life, ask yourself if what you are doing is bearing good fruit. Are you allowing God to lead your day or is it normally busy, distracted, and unfruitful?
I challenge you to stop what you are doing and enjoy the things and people around you that truly matter. Live life IN THE MOMENT and take advantage of each day you are blessed to see! Life is so short and should never be taken for granted by the cares of this world that is here today and gone tomorrow. So be sure to live life PURPOSELY!