“She had a sister, Mary, who sat before the Master, hanging on every word he said. But Martha was pulled away by all she had to do in the kitchen. Later, she stepped in, interrupting them. “Master, don’t you care that my sister has abandoned the kitchen to me? Tell her to lend me a hand.” The Master said, “Martha, dear Martha, you’re fussing far too much and getting yourself worked up over nothing. One thing only is essential, and Mary has chosen it—it’s the main course, and won’t be taken from her.” Luke 10: 39-42


Life is busy.  We have many demands on our time, attention, and resources.  Everyday we have tasks that must be accomplished.  It is part of life.  Life starts moving forward at a certain pace.  However, life likes to speed up.

Martha knew about being busy.  She had company at her house and was trying to prepare a meal for the guests.  Then, she saw her sister just sitting and listening to Jesus.  Why couldn’t her sister help?  It wasn’t like Mary was a guest.  However, Jesus offered a unique perspective.  He knew that Martha was getting upset over nothing.  How many times could Jesus say that to us?  We are getting consumed with anxiety, frustration, and even anger over nothing.  It usually happens when you are busy.   You add serving in the nursery and youth services at church to your current involvement in the music ministry.  Then, you add a side business to your job, and you give busy a new definition.  That doesn’t even include spending time with your family or personal rest.  At this point, our personal devotional time with Jesus has shrunk to a daily five minutes when we get up and one minute before we go to sleep, exhausted.  Mary prioritized spending time with Jesus over everything.  Do you prioritize spending time with Jesus?  It is essential to combat busyness.  When life gets busy, commit to always guarding your time with Jesus.