OK. I ADMIT IT. I have a hard time saying, “No.”
Does that happen to you?
I take on so much I can’t do anything well. Before long, I find my life spinning out of control. My stress level rises. My body becomes tired. And sometimes – or maybe I should say many times – I get grouchy.
I flit from responsibility to responsibility like a butterfly searching for food trying to satisfy her hunger. Except the flowers I land on don’t provide much sustenance. I either get distracted by the next alluring blossom and fly off in another direction, or I discover the nectar from a particular bloom does not fill me up.
Oddly enough, I find I continue to return to the blooms whose nectar has run dry instead of feasting on the blossoms that sustain my life.
Taking on a recent challenge, I’ve decided to spend time at my Savior’s feet and contemplate my commitments and responsibilities.
Not long ago at a retreat, I was challenged to “lay down what’s good” and “find what’s best”.
I am involved in many good things that are important and have Godly outcomes. Things like serving on the worship team at church, attending two Bible studies, writing devotions, and more.
But why am I doing these things? Is it because I can’t say “no”? Have I sought God’s guidance and direction? Am I spending my time doing what God has called me to do?
Jesus’ friend Martha had the same struggles.
We are told in Luke 10:38-42 that Martha was frustrated with her sister Mary. While Jesus was visiting their home, Martha was distracted with the meal preparations while Mary sat in the other room with the men listening to Jesus. Martha complained to Jesus. “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself?”
Jesus answered her and said, “Martha, Martha. 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.”
Mary laid down what was good and chose what was best.
She chose to sit at the feet of Jesus.
So, that’s where I’m at. I am seeking my Savior’s will and direction for my life. In so doing, I may have to give up some things. Things that are good. When I do, I have no doubt it will be hard. Giving up good things will go against everything in me that screams, “But you may disappoint someone!”
Yet, in order to find what’s best, I must stop thinking about others .
I must turn my attention to the One that matters most.
I am confident that when I take the time to sit at Jesus’ feet and listen to His voice, I will discover His good and perfect will for my life.
So what about you? Are there things you need to lay down? What “good” things are taking up space in your life keeping you from sitting at the feet of your Savior. Take some time to “just be” with Jesus. Listen for His voice. Follow His direction.
Find what’s best.
“Serve only the Lord your God and fear him alone. Obey his commands, listen to his voice, and cling to him.” (Deuteronomy 13:4, NLT)
Prayer: Dear Lord, I come to You with open ears listening for Your voice. I seek Your wisdom. Help me discern Your direction for my life and the ministries You have chosen for me to be involved in. I know all ministries are good, and You need workers to fill those positions. However, I may not be one of them. My time may be designated for another ministry. Help me to discern where my talent and efforts should be spent. Help me find what’s best. I love You, Lord. I yearn to hear Your voice. Speak to me. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
The phrases "Lay down what's good and find what's best" and "just be" come from the song Breathe by Jonny Diaz. Album: Everything is Changing. Released: 2015.