"But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her." Luke 10:40 (KJV)
Have you ever been in a season of busy? I mean a season where you are so busy serving others that you are forgetting to serve yourself? We often wear busy as a badge of honor, but the truth is, it may be the very thing sabotaging us. I mean we are so caught up serving at the church, or putting in the extra hours on the job, and before we know it, we are burnt out because we were so busy serving others that we did not take the time to serve ourselves.
When I first got saved, I remember I was so busy at my church, I was serving on ministries and I was helping where I could. When I was not at school or working, I was at the church. While all of it was for the glory of the Lord, I soon began to realize that being busy doing up activities (even church ones) was stripping me from being intentional about developing my walk with Christ. When I began to realize this, I took a step back. I began to say no, I stepped down from serving in several ministries, and I began to take all my time and energy and put it into developing the most important relationship that I had, my relationship with Christ.
Serving others should never replace you serving Jesus. When you read the story of Mary and Martha (Luke 10:38-42), you see that Martha was so busy and caught up with serving Jesus, that she missed the opportunity to be fed by Jesus. Serving others is not what gets us into heaven. We must learn to never allow anyone or anything to compete for the place that God holds in your life.
So, in this season I want to encourage you, be intentional about your development in your own relationship with God. Learn to say no to some things and say yes to Jesus. When we allow busyness to become King, we can miss the beauty of what God is trying to teach us, where he is trying to lead us, and what he wants to show us. teach us. There are times when we are meant to be busy, and there are things when we are meant to grow.
Give yourself permission to grow!