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 Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, ‘Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!’ ‘Martha, Martha,’ the Lord answered, ‘you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.’

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:

Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to his disciples, ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’

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.