I’ve been REALLY busy lately. It seems as though I am moving at break-neck speed from the time I wake up until the time I go to bed. And, when I do go to bed, it is usually with various books and papers in tow. This week will not be any different, with court all day today, a trial to prepare for, “notice of voting” letters to send to board members and a birthday party to decorate and prepare food for on Friday, not to mention revival at my church this week and a scrap book to design and complete. (really deep sigh)
I often say that I bite off more than I can chew, but honestly, I think I’d be bored if my life were any less busy. Weeell, maybe I could stand a little less busyness, at least sometimes. 🙂 Part of my problem is that I don’t like to tell people “no” when they ask me to do something. But, as I get older, I am learning to put myself (and my sanity) first. Yet, there are still times when I say “yes”, when I should really say “no”.
Being involved in every organization we are invited to join and being a member of every ministry at church and every organization that will have us doesn’t mean anyone is benefiting from our busyness. In fact, some people (significant others, spouses, children, etc.) may be suffering. I have a co-worker who recently admitted that a sign-up sheet hasn’t ever come into her possession without her putting her name on it. Many of us are like that. We all have a desire to be needed and depended on, some of us moreso than others. Busyness doesn’t mean that we are necessarily pursuing God’s purpose for our lives. Nor does it mean that we are being successful at all of these things. I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “Jack of all trades, master of none.” When we stretch ourselves too thin, it often results in feeling overwhelmed, being irritable and sometimes not getting anything accomplished.
In Luke 10:41, Jesus tells Martha that she is concerned with many things (NIV) or all the details (AMP). He goes on to say that there is only one thing to be concerned about and that Mary has discovered it. Just like Martha, many of us are concerned with everything, but the right things. The right things are those that give glory to God. So often, we are more concerned with obtaining glory for ourselves, not for our Heavenly Father, who gives us the strength to do everything we do. The focus should be on God, for in HIM, we live, move and have our being (Acts. 17:28). Busyness does not equal greatness unless your busyness brings glory to God.
- If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised. 1 Peter 4:11
- Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of The Lord Jesus… Colossians 3:17
- Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31
So, are you a Martha or a Mary? Starting today, I will begin to 1) be still, 2) assess and 3) prioritize. I invite you to do the same. There are only 24 hours in a day, and I have to use a few of those to sleep, workout and eat. Afterall, whatever isn’t finished today will be waiting tomorrow.
During this busy season, I pray that I am bringing glory to God and being a blessing to others.
P.S. Some of the things that have had me busy recently are planning and making decorations for my trial partner’s baby shower, having professional photos taken and (finally) working on my logo, which is on my things before 30 list. At least, I’ve been somewhat productive, right? 🙂
The baby shower was a success; everyone enjoyed themselves. There are more pictures on the crafts page. I made the onsie banner and the pinwheels, along with the onsie thank you tags on the game prizes.
I had my photos taken at Team Ten Media. Big thanks to Khalil Hasan and Keith Hogan (pictured below), both Savannah State Alums. If you’re in the metro Atlanta area and need photography or videography services, check them out!
Keith and Me (as I was on my way out the door)
Also, a special thanks to a high school friend, Brandon Jones of drag ‘n drops, for his gracious offer to assist with my logo design and creation!