Can I get an “amen” from those of us who are super busy?
Like you, I have things to do and I don’t even have the same baggage you do. No wife, no kids, minimal obligations, 24 and mildly-relaxed. Jokes!
We all have the baggage. We’re all overcommitted.
But why? What is it that we’re committed for? Or to? Why are we so busy?
I’d like to think that everything I do during the week is necessary. As much as I hate to admit it, it’s not. And if I procrastinated less, I’d have even more room to do more important things.
In an ideal situation, I’d commit to the people in my life who make it enjoyable. I’d love to spend more time with my family. Friends. Even co-workers. But I’m so overcommitted that I don’t have the time to make space for anything else, let alone relationships that matter.
And so it was with Mary and Martha. Martha, in Luke 10, invited Jesus over and spent her time with him cleaning. In the meantime, her sister, Mary, sat at his feet and listened. I imagine that was awkward for her after Jesus told her she was wrong and Mary was right.
Martha was committed to the preparation of the relationship rather than the relationship itself. We do the same thing. “My house is dirty so I can’t have people over.” Lies. Who are we trying to kid? That’s not why you cancelled your plans. Your family has other obligations. Your kids. Your job.
I challenge you to take a moment to figure out the things that occupy your time the most. What should make the cut and what shouldn’t? Are you valuing relationships first? At all?
Let’s change the paradigm of an overcommitted lifestyle and love one another well. Let’s spend time with one another.
I promise life will be better if we commit to what matters.