We were privileged to have guest speaker, Josh Mutter, with us this Sunday. Josh is the Pastor of Youth & Young Adult Ministries at Paramount Drive Alliance Church in Hamilton. He is married to Michelle and together they have two lively young boys named Silas and Isaac.
THE TRAP OF BUSYNESS
“Being busy has become something of an expectation, a badge of honor. If you’re NOT busy, you must either be a loser, or in a slump.” (Huffington Post)
1. Is my busyness creating peace or stress?
2. Is my busyness creating joy or anxiety?
3. Is my busyness allowing me to focus on loving those around me, or is it turning my attention inward?
Luke 10:38-42 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
TRAPPED IN BUSYNESS
Martha’s busyness caused her to miss out on something that was much more important.
Luke 10:40 “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left ME to do all the work by MYSELF? Tell her to help ME!”
When we find ourselves constantly on the go/maxed out/lacking margins, what we will find is that despite the fact that we have good intentions, our hearts get out of sorts.
Jesus commends Mary for doing something deliberate and courageous.
Luke 10:42 “Mary has chosen what is better…”
1. It takes courage to step outside of an expectation that someone has for us.
2. The pain of saying “no” is worth it when we find something better.
Luke 10:41-42 “Martha, Martha…you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed – or indeed only one.”
How can I create more margin or space in my life?
Psalm 23:2-3 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.
1. What in my life is just busyness for the sake of busyness?
2. Whose expectations am I trying to live up to?
3. What is draining me of life?
4. What do I need to start saying “no” to?
5. What does it look like for us to make space/time to sit with Jesus?
SOME IDEAS …
1. Prioritize meeting with God’s people
2. Redeem your commute
3. Carve out time
4. Enjoy creation!