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As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.”
But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.” 
Luke 10:38-42

Mary and Martha were sisters.  Jesus had come to stay with them.  Martha was busy getting everything prepared while Mary sat and listened to Jesus.  This really irked Martha because she was left with all of the work!  She complained to Jesus and asked him to tell Mary to go help her.  Jesus’s response was for Martha not to get all worked up about the things that needed to get done but to invest in personal time with him! 

Sometimes we get too busy in life. Okay, a lot of times we get too busy in life!  We then focus on what isn’t as important and we change our priorities.  Jesus was reminding Martha that the things she was doing (busy everyday work) would always be there and that spending time with him was more important.  Mary “got it!”  She was spending time with Jesus.  I have a confession to make, up until I was older, I always kind of sided with Martha.  It had to be frustrating for her!  Here she is “stuck with all of the work” while “sweet little Mary” sits and visits with Jesus.  lol Does that sound about right? But now I get it!  Jesus wanted to spend time with Martha and Mary!  They could have sandwiches and grapes instead of a gourmet meal.  The dishes could wait!

How does that apply to my life?  I need to take time to spend time with Jesus, the dishes can wait.  I need to make time with Him a priority.  There will always be busy work to do but I will be better equipped to handle life when I make time for that one on one with Jesus. Time with Jesus is an investment that will last a lifetime and will have a meaningful impact on my life versus time spent with social media or doing the dishes.  I can still do those things but I need to put them in order after my time with Jesus!

Jesus, help me to be diligent in my time management.  Help me keep my eyes focused on You! 

Shanin VanBuskirk

Shanin lives in Arizona with her husband, Jason, of 38 years. Before relocating to Arizona, they pastored a church in Burley, Idaho for 21 years. Shanin is a mother of four and grandmother of eight. She currently serves as the worship leader for Living Waters Bible Church. Her hobbies include music, painting and speaking at women’s retreats and conferences. Shanin blogs at Paisley and Praise and Daughter of the King.