Restlessness is one of the enemy’s greatest tactics in my life.
The root of most of my downfalls is in my inability to simply sit down and be still.
Putting time with God after my to do list.
Allowing busyness to overtake my time building relationships.
My need to prove points and be right.
Exhaustion and anxiety.
Failure to see beauty.
Missing God’s voice because I am lost in noise…
These are all stems from the root of restlessness and misplaced priorities.
This restlessness is the enemy of creativity, imagination, and ideas. This restlessness gets in the way of all the Lord has to speak. I believe it is this restlessness that keeps me constantly busy with generally unimportant things gets in the way of my calling.
Yes, my calling.
Carrying out your calling takes focus. You do not just stumble into it, you need concentrated steps and goals. Getting caught up in the mundane prolongs and sometimes even gets us off course altogether.
I am a busybody and I shun those around me who are not. It shows when there is company over and all I can think about is the things that need to be done. It shows when my plan is complete rest and time with the Lord and I end up saying yes to too many activities. It shows in meticulous cleaning. It shows when I sit down to have my time with the Lord but cut it short because there are dishes in the sink. It shows when I try to read my bible but have to write down something that came to my mind that I need to do later.
It shows all over me, and it showed in Martha too. She was even reprimanded by Jesus for it.
Martha’s sister Mary had the opportunity to sit at Jesus’ feet and listen to him, and she took it. Meanwhile, her sister Martha was too concerned with what needed to be done that she did not take this life changing opportunity.
“…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.’”
This isn’t to say we don’t need to get things done. But the importance we place on things need to be set appropriately. At the end of the day, few things were really needed. Much of what takes up our time does not matter. I would even go so far as to say that most time consuming things can be cut out. It may look different for everyone. Social media, too many extra curricular activities, even serving too much within the church (I know it has been for me many times before).
Over extending yourself is not God’s will. God sets aside designated times for us to rest. The Lord is found in the silence, and he will not yell. He is in the stillness and he will not compete with the raging clutter in our minds. Every single second does not need to be filled up with something or another to do.
Few things are needed.
Indeed, only one is.
Perspective. Focus on that one thing and the rest that needs to be done will become clear. Focus on the steps you need to take to walk in what you’ve been called to. Open your eyes to what has been set before you. You’ll see what’s truly important and your priorities will be rightly placed. Peace will overtake you when you sit and calm when you wait on the Lord. He will reveal things to you that you never knew before and questions will get answered in his presence, or they will simply fall away.
Focus on the one thing, and choose what is BETTER.