Food for thought…Are you a Martha?

martha

Proverbs 4:25

“Let your eyes look straight ahead”

I pray constantly that I would be a woman who does not look to the right or to the left but that my eyes would be straight ahead on my Savior.

Sometimes we get caught up in wrong things, and they cause us to turn our eyes.  Turning your eyes gets you off track, off your course.  BUT, sometimes I think we also get caught up in things that aren’t necessarily bad or wrong things, but they are things that come along our path to distract us, and we get off track still.  Let me give you an example…

I am a get it done type of gal.  I like to get things accomplished and I am a multitasking queen.  So because of that I often times can take on way too much.  The things that I take on are not bad things.  They are things like making dinner for someone, or teaching a class at school.  My husband just asked me last week if I would be willing to be the coach of the girls basketball team this winter because a coach is needed. Things like that.  They are not bad things, but they are things that take up my time.  Do you know what that does? It gets my eyes off of where they need to be.  It gets me so busy that God gets put on the back burner in my life.

There are many things that God calls us to, ministries that He calls us to run, services that He asks us to do.  There are also things that the enemy uses in our lives to make us so busy that we lose focus.  I read a quote one time that said (I am paraphrasing) “Most often Satan can’t turn Christians against God, but he can make them so busy that they are distracted from God”  Sometimes we are so overstimulated by things that are not essential in life, that we can no longer hear God’s still small voice, and can no longer see the eternal view. We get distracted from keeping that crucial connection with Jesus throughout our day.

Luke 10:40 “But Martha was distracted with much serving“.  Martha’s sister Mary sat at the feet of Jesus, while Martha was running around doing many things and she missed out on the sweet fellowship and closeness that Mary was able to experience.  You see, Martha wasn’t distracted by sinful things, she was distracted by serving and doing too many things.

Look at all of the things you do, all of the tasks you take on.  Are you missing out on beautiful fellowship at His feet because you are too busy?

 

Speak Your Mind

*

Comments

  1. It’s so true that often, we get so busy, we don’t have time to simply be still and know that He is God. It’s so easy to get so busy – even doing good, worthwhile things – that we don’t spend time with Him. Sometimes, we just have to take a step back, and downsize our schedules!

    • Marissa says:

      Very true Emily! I stopped over to your site. I loved it!! The part of Courageous about the snake king is my favorite too:) Come again, join us at 8am each morning for a devotion! Have a great week Emily!

  2. I must admit that sometimes I am a Martha. I get busy. I get distracted. Busy-ness is one of Satan’s biggest tools, I agree. I need to work on this. Great reminder.

    • I am a Martha a lot of the time, and sometimes I don’t know how to NOT be a Martha. I am so used to rushing to get things done because I have 4 kids, I feel like the work will never end at times. I agree that Satan uses it as a tool to get our focus off Jesus. I loved reading your site 🙂

  3. This is such a good reminder……..one of those things we need to pretty regularly evaluate…. especially in our “rush-rush” world and culture. Thank you for posting this. 🙂

    • Marissa says:

      Thanks for stopping by!! It is definitely a rush-rush world that we live in. P.S. I was inspired by your cherry pie pictures on your site! Come again, we have a devotional every morning at 8am 🙂 Have a fabulous week!