“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!” Luke 10:38-40
Do you ever feel like Martha? Like you have so much to do and no one is helping you. And when you ask for help, no one is willing to leave their own interests to come to your aid. Or even if you do have help, there’s simply not enough time to take care of your own needs to meet the world’s many demands of what is important.
Work. Family time. Cooking. Cleaning. Music lessons. Sports. Outreach. Church. Social media. Birthday parties. Shopping. Sleep. Exercise. Devotional time.
For me, it seems like there is always so much to do in the kitchen that if I don’t intentionally set aside time to go outside with the kids, sit down to read someone a story, write a blog post, or exercise, they don’t happen. All things I like to do but often are put on a lower priority than making food for hungry little birdies.
So how do you squeeze everything in? How do you put on your own oxygen mask while still keeping up with life as it goes sailing by?
And that’s where the beauty of God’s design is astounding. He didn’t give us all of these things to keep us so busy we wouldn’t have time to take care of our body temples. He made it to where our daily requirement for health would be met through daily labor and service to others.
That doesn’t mean we don’t need to be intentional, though. Like Martha, it’s easy to feel the pressure of life and think we don’t have time to stop keeping up with the pace of the world. It’s way too easy to get sidetracked from the things that really matter.
Like Mary and Martha demonstrated, there are times to stop and listen, and times to be busy. It’s even more important today with the excess noise of the online culture to take time away from the noise to make sure we can hear the voice of our Creator. Our leader.
Only by choosing the most important things and letting the unimportant things go, we will thrive physically, mentally, and spiritually in modern society.
What are your priorities?
Move His Way
What if we multitask the “necessaries?” Why not make every aspect of my life a “devotional time” instead of thinking that my 30 minutes in the morning is my only time with God?
Why can’t working in the kitchen remind me of God? And why can’t that also be a time to move my body? And take care of my family. Maybe that’s the key after all. To never do anything independent from God.
Here are some ideas to take care of your body through movement while working in the kitchen to the glory of God … no special equipment needed. Just simple, functional movement with everyday devotional living.
*Sorry about the sound – we were having some audio issues.