I must say I hate the story of Martha. Hate is a strong word, but it is the truth. I hate it so much because I am “Martha.” I think there are a lot of people who struggle with being a Martha as well. It is too easy to get wrapped up in the “doing of life” that we miss opportunities to be with Jesus.
I don’t have time to play around. It is a badge of honor to be so busy that I don’t have time to do anything. Get off your butt and work yourself into the ground too. Don’t sit there, worry and do something. Don’t take a Sabbath and don’t take a break. You just have to do more. Work harder, work longer and definitely don’t enjoy anything. Like Martha, my worth is tied up in what I do.
I think most Martha personality types think like this. We don’t even realize these are the thoughts that go through our brain, however, it is pretty close to the truth. We need to relax and enjoy the ride. We need the Marys in our life to help us get a grip.
With the fast culture we live in I am afraid that more and more of us struggle with a go-go personality. We have instant access to download movies, news, songs and books. We tap our foot if we have to wait a couple of minutes at a fast-food restaurant. We have truly become a microwave culture.
The first step for us Marthas is to intentionally rest daily. Make this a priority. This will be so valuable to you. Be intentional with this and schedule it. I am going to rest to start my day and to end my day. I wind up too fast in the morning and I don’t give myself space to unwind at night. These are going to be intentional rest bookends.
Unplug from this crazy society at least one day a week. My day is going to be Sunday. No posting on Facebook, twitter, and no emails. If you need community help with this, here is a Facebook group that one of my friends started. This group is all about unplugging for one day. It is a great idea. Let’s return to having a Sabbath and turn down the over stimulation.
I am announcing to you guys to hold me accountable to this. I pray as you chase your dream you commit to these things as well. Rest in the peace of God. We need to incorporate rest into our journeys. As for my journey, to be able to rest more and enjoy the moment, I will be posting once a week. I believe this will make my posts stronger and of greater value to you. Thank you for being along with me on this crazy ride. Be blessed on your journey.
If you want to read the verses about Martha and Mary click here.
What actions and planning do you do to rest with God?