Are You Living A Distracted Life

by: Michael Woods | July 2, 2017

If Martha lived today I’ll bet you anything her days would look a lot like our busiest days.You know…those days where you’re just going, going, going from one thing to the next from the moment you wake up until the moment your head hits the pillow.

I don’t know about you, but I tend to walk around life distracted by the busyness, choosing tasks and duties over quiet and rest.

I choose to pack my schedule so tight that it can barely breathe, and then I complain because I get sick, tired, weary.

I so desperately want to rest at Jesus’ feet and yet I am the one choosing to hustle about like Martha. I am the one who fights to add something else to the calendar. I am the one who can’t sit still long enough to even watch a movie.

I don’t allow my heart to ponder. Resting at Jesus’ feet seems like another time slot to fill, a mark on the calendar – an added calendar event on my cell phone, so that I’ll remember to do it.

A defining characteristic of modern life is the lack of silence. From morning to night we envelop ourselves in a blanket of distraction; there is no moment when we are not texting, tweeting, talking, or pumping tunes into our ears.

Busyness plagues many of us. This kind of incessant activity results in – and to our minds even justifies – no time left over to give to those things that nourish and strengthen our faith in Christ: worship, Scripture reading, prayer, and maintaining deep Christian relationships.

  • But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42

In this passage, Jesus gently rebukes Martha, not for being who she is, not for being a woman who can multi-task and get things done, but for allowing herself to be distracted from what is most important. The hospitality Martha offers is praiseworthy, but in her worrying about all the little tasks of entertaining, she has ignored her guest.

She has forgotten that the issue is not what she can give Jesus but what He can give her, IF she will take time to listen.

The good has become the enemy of the best.

“Only one thing is necessary”: To sit at Jesus’ feet. How happy we will be if we find a way (and the time) to do it. We must not let the good crowd out the best.

In a Scandinavian country there is a lovely statue of Christ that stands in a town square. The statue is noteworthy because the face of Jesus is not visible to those who stand in front of the statue. The face of Jesus is only visible when you’re kneeling in front of the statue at His feet.

Martha’s distractions were well-intentioned. But she was missing the opportunity to listen to Jesus and enjoy His presence. He is deserving of our deepest devotion, and He alone can fully enable you to overcome any of life’s distractions.  Create some margin in your schedule today to spend time with Jesus.

Prayer: Lord, the alarm just went off and the race is on. There are so many things I need to do, so many demands on my time, so many people’s expectations to meet. Help me to take a deep breath, still my racing heart, and listen for your voice amid the noise of this day. Give me the wisdom to distinguish the urgent from the important, that I may rest in your love and live only for you. I pray in Your name. Amen.

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