It’s Wednesday, also known as Hump Day. Do you need to get over the hump? Here’s a quick prayer to help you finish this week strong!
Do you ever feel like there’s never enough time in the day to complete everything on your to-do list? You’re always scrambling to catch up, but every time one major project is finished, another is slammed right down on your desk to take its place. Try as you might, you can’t seem to get ahead of those burdensome deadlines. Twenty-four hours just isn’t long enough these days.
Today, we live in a fast-paced world, and a lot of us have become busy bodies. Our mindset is always work, work, work, work. We work to eat, we work to pay bills. We wake up in the morning sluggish, gulp down two to three cups of coffee before getting in the car and driving down busy roads and highways, crowded with more sluggish coffee drinkers commuting to work. We spend eight to ten hours in an office working, leaving our seats only to use the bathroom, sometimes holding the need to “go” until the last minute, often eating lunch at our desks. Occasionally we stay late, using the excuse that we can get more work done no one is around to interrupt, leaving only when the night janitor comes to vacuum. We stop for takeout on the way home because we’re too tired to cook, and when we get home, we bring that same work with us, sometimes even falling asleep on it, dreaming about it. Then we wake up the next morning to do it all over again.
“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.” Luke 10:41-42; NIV
We are too busy. Does any of the work we’re doing amount to anything? When Jesus visits the home of Martha and Mary, Martha distracts herself with endless preparations, running back and forth throughout the house, I can only imagine, like a chicken with its head cut off. Meanwhile, Mary sits at the feet of Jesus, listening to His every word. When Martha asks Jesus to make her sister help her, He rebukes her for being so worked up over things that don’t matter.
I’ll admit I’ve been distracted. This week has been full of distractions. From threats of nuclear war, to the horrific acts of terrorism in Charlottesville, VA, to personal matters like work assignments, project deadlines, trying to appease everyone, you name it. I’ve been stressed, I’ve been sleep deprived, my mind has been racing towards everything but what’s important. I had to stop and ask myself one question. Are any of the things I’m worrying over promoting the kingdom of God? If the answer is no, then let them go.
“The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.” 1 John 2:17
So what are you doing that’s got you so busy, and is it in accordance with God’s will. As I said in Sunday’s post, sometimes you have to sacrifice certain things so that you can be aligned with God’s purposes for your life. It’s a lesson I am still learning as I continue to shed certain “busy works” off my to-do list so that I can dedicate more time to reading and meditating on the Word, praying consistently, and of course, sharing all that I learn here on this forum.
If you are struggling to hear what your assignment is from God, if you are having a hard time understanding His will for your life, look for distractions that could be blocking you from hearing His word. Maybe it’s television, or the news, or social media, or maybe you’re just too busy doing “other” things. As my pastor often says, we should never be too busy for God. And truly, twenty-four hours should be more than enough time to spend at least five minutes of it with God to ask Him what He wills for us to do that day. It all comes down to how we choose to use our time.
Whenever I start to veer off the path God has set for me, it’s usually a sure sign that I need to fast. And a fast doesn’t always have to be not eating food. You can fast your favorite television show, sports, certain kinds of music, Facebook, Twitter, anything that you feel has become a distraction and has drawn you away from sitting at the feet of Jesus.
So what’s got you so busy? Are you more like Martha and less like Mary. I challenge you this week to stop. Stop doing what you’re doing, stop your tireless work, and just listen. Listen for God to speak to you, and hear what He has to say.
“Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21
Hump Day Prayer: Heavenly Father, teach us to use our time wisely. Help us to do your will rather than focus on busy tasks. Clear our minds and realign our focus. We want to be about your business, Lord. Your word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. We desire to listen and obey. We trust you to guide our footsteps, leaning not unto our own understanding, but acknowledging that you are always in control and that you know exactly where you are taking us. We ask for your peace which transcends all understanding, to guard our hearts and minds in you, that we are never distracted from what’s important by the busyness of life in this world. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.