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? To be serious the root of my distraction is guilt.
False guilt that says
- you’re a mess
- you’re a fraud
- you won’t get it right
- you could have done it better
- you will disappoint others
This morning I came across an interesting blog post that dealt with this exact problem. It was called How To Enjoy Life When You Feel So Guilty .
The story of Martha & Mary in the Gospel of Luke is well known. There is even a whole book about it called Having A Mary Heart In A Martha World. Martha gets much bad press & Mary is applauded. I believe that the point of the story is not about busyness vs devotion but about distraction & fear of failure; of getting it wrong, of disappointing others.
Luke 10: 38-42
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.
The story of Martha and Mary is a familiar one. It is only in this gospel that we note the following: ‘And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word.’
The issue is not as is frequently taught that Mary put her relationship with Jesus first while Martha was the worker, the anxious one, the sister with misplaced priorities; the one that was chastised by Jesus.
The issue is that even though she spent time with Jesus, welcoming Him warmly into her home she 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 and enjoy the time with Jesus in her home.
When she did finally approach Jesus it was with complaint, resentment and bitterness. Expressing the emotions, the bitterness, the anger, the frustration to Jesus is not the problem.
I believe that the problem for Martha was that she never looked in Jesus’ eyes and caught that subtle smile, maybe even a ‘wink’ that communicated his love, his approval, his pleasure in her. She missed his comfort. She lost the joy of the event. She was locked in the past and in the future and lost the present.
If we could read the rest of the story we would find that the words: ‘Martha, Martha ….’ were words of welcome spoken with eyes of love.
We are in the midst of the Christmas Season . It can be a time of great distraction or a Season of Joy.
The choice is yours.
- What are my distractions?
- What is pulling me away from the comfort & peace?
- How am I being invited to Sit with Jesus this Christmas?
- Has my serving Jesus got in the way of our being with Jesus?
- 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.