Choose to Slow Down
If I am being honest with myself, I am not the type of person to take a break or slow down. I am the type of person will overload with schedules and to-do lists because I love being busy with work. However, the more I began filling up my schedule with my to-do list, the less time I spent with the Lord. I became so exhausted by my to-do lists that God wasn’t my first priority anymore. I chose to stop and learn how to slow down so I could spend more time with the Lord and reprioritize.
I found the story of Martha and Mary relatable when I refused to slow down:
Luke 10:38-42 says:
As I began reading this scripture, I realized how Martha and I have similar characteristics. Martha is a wonderful woman. She is someone who is hard working and task-orientated. However, she struggled to slow down because she knew she had a list of tasks to complete. She didn’t want to stop until every job was completed. After studying Martha’s character, I wanted to really learn from Mary. Mary chose what was better in this story, but why? She chose to stop, learn, and listen to Jesus. She pushed the pause button because she wasn’t worried about completing each task off her to-do list.
I wanted to learn to slow down like Mary and begin taking time to grow in my relationship with God. I wanted to stop rushing to get everything done because maybe I would unintentionally miss something that could have been an opportunity for God to speak into my life, or I could miss sharing Christ with a complete stranger when distracted.
Let’s be real – we tend to get distracted by our busyness. There is nothing wrong with being busy until it becomes a distraction from our relationships with the Lord.
Mark 6:31 says:
Jesus set himself as an example by showing how important it is to slow down and rest. Jesus had to renew his strength and hear from the Father by resting and taking time away from the busyness.
After God created the world, he rested on the seventh day. He designed us to rest because it is good to rest! If we don’t take time to slow down, we may miss hearing God’s still and quiet voice because we are too focused on the busy schedules and to-do lists that need to be completed.
Take time away from everything. The chores can wait. Let the phone ring. Shut off the television. Take a break from social media. Let’s choose to be intentional and slow down so we can rest in Jesus.