I am easily distracted. My distraction leads to minutes or let’s be honest sometimes hours of checking emails, fiddling with previous blog posts or organizing my inbox. I understand I need HELP! Is there a good blogger you can recommend?
I spend more time planning to write then to actually writing.
What is distracting me ?
Intrusive Thoughts distract me.
- They immobilize me.
- They steal my peace.
- They rob me of my destiny.
- They are lies or half-truths.
- They are whispered by the Enemy.
I am paralyzed by thoughts that say:
- You’re a mess.
- You’re a fraud.
- You won’t get it right.
- You could have done it better.
- You disappoint people.
- Someone else can do it better.
- You’re not ready.
- You’re wasting your time.
The answer to the problem of distraction & thoughts that paralyze is found in the well known story of Mary & Martha.
Martha gets much bad press. Mary is applauded.
I believe that the point of the story is not about busyness vs devotion .
The point of the story is about being distracted .
The point is about being distracted by fear:
- Fear of failure;
- Fear of getting it wrong,
- Fear of disappointing others.
- Fear of disappointing myself.
- Fear of disappointing Jesus.
Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving and she approached Jesus & said, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her to help me.”
Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha you are worried & troubled about many things. But one thing is needed & Mary has chosen that & it will not be taken away from her. (Luke 10:38-42 NKJV)
Did you notice that the highlighted text?
Did you pick up on the fact that both Mary & Martha sat at Jesus feet & heard his words?
This phrase is found only in the NKJV. This phrase makes all the difference in understanding Martha & her issues.
The issue is not that Mary put her relationship with Jesus first.
The issue is not that Martha was the worker filled with anxiety & stress.
The issue is not that Martha was the sister with misplaced priorities.
The issue is not that Jesus was angry at & disappointed in Martha.
The issue is that even though:
- Martha spent time with Jesus,
- Martha welcomed Him warmly into her home
- Martha was too distracted to benefit from the event.
She was too distracted [worried, pulled away by, anxious, overly occupied and too busy]
- to be at peace
- to enjoy the time with Jesus
- to hear his voice
- to receive his affirmation
- to rest in his love.
Expressing her emotions (the bitterness, the anger, the frustration) to Jesus was not the issue.
Martha’s issue was that:
- she never looked in Jesus’ eyes
- she didn’t notice that subtle smile, maybe even a ‘wink’ that communicated his love,
- she didn’t sense his approval, his pleasure
- she missed his comfort.
- she lost the joy of the event.
- she was locked in the past & in the future
- she lost joy of the present.
As they continued their travel, Jesus entered a village. A woman by the name of Martha welcomed him and made him feel quite at home. She had a sister, Mary, who sat before the Master, hanging on every word he said. But Martha was pulled away by all she had to do in the kitchen. Later, she stepped in, interrupting them. “Master, don’t you care that my sister has abandoned the kitchen to me? Tell her to lend me a hand.” The Master said, “Martha, dear Martha, you’re fussing far too much and getting yourself worked up over nothing. One thing only is essential, and Mary has chosen it—it’s the main course, and won’t be taken from her.” (Luke 10: 38-42 MSG)
Put yourself in the story.
Tell Jesus your thoughts, feelings & desires.
- What are my distractions?
- What are the statements that paralyze me?
- What is pulling me away from the comfort & peace?
- Has my doing for Jesus got in the way of my being with Jesus?
What Do You Want to Say to Me Today?
Listen for his voice.
- Jesus, today I choose to let You look at me
- I choose raise my head to look into your eyes.
- Today I choose to let go of the distractions
- Today I choose to just be with You.
Send me an email at email@example.com. I would love to hear how you are doing.
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