In this day of cell phones, electronics, and instantaneous communication we are always plugged in. Too often, we are running, racing from point A to B, and by the end of the day we will frazzled, overwhelmed, and weak. No energy left for anything or anyone. Have you ever been there?
You hear another beep on your phone….. Do you answer?
Do you remember the story of Mary and Martha in the presence of Jesus? Grace was in their presence, but Martha was too busy preparing. Meanwhile, her sister Mary “paused”, she didn’t perform she took a breath and paused.
In this race we can be Martha, or pause and be Mary. We have a choice, God has given us the power of choice.
We can choose to slow, pause, and hold onto the moment.
This can be difficult in a world that reveals to us that if we join the race we will be better off or meet their expectations. But whose expectations do we really seek?
I seek to please Him. You have to ask yourself today, where do my priorities lie? Do they lie in the material things of this world, or do they lie in a bed full of roses where the smell is full of love? And where love blossoms in every moment?
An essential step in ensuring we can be plugged into every moment is the ability to nurture our “self”. In order to be functional beyond ourselves, this must come first. Find a few moments a day even a half an hour where you can nurture and love yourself. Treat yourself to a coffee, book, connect with God, take a walk or a relaxing bath so you can renew.
The next step is establishing a core list of priorities that you can navigate your decisions for yourself and your family. My priority list is:
1) Nurture self part of nurturing myself is ensuring that I connect in the morning, during the day and evening with my Father up above.
2) Nurture my relationship with my number 1 supporter – my husband.
3) Nurture my kiddo’s
4) Nurture my relationships immediate family and close friends
Everything else in this life is just “stuff”. The relationships and love are most important.
When we make decisions and navigate on our core priorities, it is easier to establish boundaries and let go of the elements that are less important.
You have the power to choose to pause and smell the roses my friend. You have the power to be Mary.
“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.” (Luke 10:41-42, NIV)
Who do you choose to be my friend Martha or Mary?
Take a breath and pause.
The power is in you!
Have you felt like Martha? Or do you have strategies like Mary, in “pausing” and immersing yourself in the moment?