We were out at a concert last night and I noticed a little girl that made me think. I know this little girl – she is a bundle of energy – she is like a wind up toy, bouncing, jiggling, moving, go-go-go. The thing I noticed though is that this little girl, with all her energy is a peaceful little person. She doesn’t have inner turmoil, there is no emotional busyness, no frazzle, no anxiety. It is a beautiful thing to see. It made me think about me….

Can I be busy – and yet without inner turmoil, without emotional busyness, without frazzle, without anxiety. Many things distract me from the joy of life – I’m a bit like Martha – distracted with much. These distractions rob us of that inner peace (that inner peace that Mary found.)

Back to Martha – I don’t believe that she was simply distracted with her chores instead of listening to Jesus – I believe she was distracted with MUCH chores. We take on, I take on much, too much: whether that is physical chores and projects that I take on, or standards and expectations that I take on myself – it is too much. What is too much? Anything beyond what Jesus has given us to carry. Jesus has given us things to do – right from the start of the world there were things to do (work is not a part of the curse, God told Adam and Eve to have dominion over…..) Jesus simply encouraged Martha to tone it down, one thing is all that is necessary – stop being over the top.

I believe we can, just like this little girl, be busy and active and still have that inner calm. Jesus said, take my yoke, it is light. He said, be anxious for nothing. He said, drink from my living water and not thirst again.

What excesses – what ‘too much’ is hindering you today?

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