Are You Too Distracted?

In a previous post, I spoke about stillness and its negative effects on our physical well-being and relationships. As a continuation of this concept, let’s examine the act of being distracted. A lack of stillness can play a significant role in just how distracted we become. So distracted that we miss the important things that God wants us to notice because we’re so busy trying to do and be everything, everywhere, every time, everyday.


“Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.”

~ Psalm 84:10 (NIV)


Choose What is Good

Mary understood the importance of forsaking the distracting busyness of life just to spend a day, a moment, just any possible opportunity she had with Jesus. Despite the tasks at hand, she knew how much she needed to be still and focused at His feet; leaning in and learning from Him.

Jesus visits Mary and Martha

At the Home of Martha and Mary (Luke 10:38-42; NIV)

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.”

Few Thing are Needed

Don’t get bent out of shape,and pitch a fit when things fail to go as planned. Know that God has a better plan in store (Jeremiah 29:11).

Don’t sweat the small stuff. We’ve all been there. Something minor sets us off. It’s the straw that breaks the camel’s back type scenario. Mary’s response to Jesus’ visit was the straw that set Martha off. She had been so busy and distracted in the details of preparing for the visit, that she practically missed the visit and the visitor Himself.

In her frustration, she asked Jesus to reprimand her sister. What she received in return was a rebuke and a reminder. While Martha was focused on the ‘everything’ Mary recognize that only a few things are needed. Those few things were time and an open heart to receive.

Do you take yourself too seriously?

The following scripture sums up why there’s no need to take ourselves so seriously. Not to get caught up in the details of things and events, and how to not be consumed with impressing people with the fruit of our busyness. It outlines for us how to focus on what truly matters. How to choose what is good by focusing on the few things that are needed.

“But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do,
   what God is looking for in men and women.
It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor,
   be compassionate and loyal in your love,
And don’t take yourself too seriously—
   take God seriously.”

~ Micah 6:8 MSG


Until next time,

Write from the Heart,


{Just Being} Candice Maria

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