I haven’t posted in a while. Well, I’m no Tim Challies, but I didn’t need a post-count to figure that out.
But really, I haven’t posted because of the usual culprit: The Tyranny of the Urgent. Busy-ness has come to town again, and things get dropped. That stinks, but it appears at this point to be life.
In some ways I’m envious of Martha’s situation (read the story). The text says she was ‘distracted with much serving,’ while her sister ‘sat at Jesus’ feet.’ Serving is good. Sitting at Jesus’ feet is better.
I’m envious of Martha because Jesus was there, and he could tell her. She may have wasted a day in distraction, but she was able to learn what was best for her in a moment. Jesus made it clear what she should have done; what her priorities should have been.
From talking to several brothers and sisters from GFC over the past couple weeks I’ve been overwhelmed by this reality: life is full of good things. People are busy. They are ‘distracted with much serving’ as they do everything good… even things that are commanded.
But the reality is that some things are good, some things are better, and some things are best. Martha learned that, and so must we I.
So what should I be doing? What should my priorities be? When things get busy, what should get dropped? Our culture lies to us: it says that busy-ness and productiveness determine worth. If you want to be important, you must be busy. Busy=important. Our flesh lies to us: it says that we are able to get everything done. There is no need to prioritize or put limits on what we take on, since busy=important and I want to be important, therefore I should be busy and get everything done. No wonder we drink lots of coffee. We believe that nothing should ever get dropped, because we’re sufficient.
I believe the lie far too often. I need to learn to drop things–even good things–for the sake of what is best. The first step there is humility to actually say, ‘I can’t get everything done.’
How do I determine what is best? I read the Word and let God’s truth determine priorities. So first of all, I need discernment: how do I prioritize being a Christian husband, father, pastor, friend, son, grandson, brother, etc. But, I would argue, that’s definitely doable. The part that’s even harder still is actually creating–and sticking to–a schedule that reflects these priorities and doesn’t create sinful anxiety. I’ve got a long way to go.