I don’t know about you, but I have the “doing” thing down pretty good…I have since I was a little girl and learned that measuring up to expectations got me a lot further than bucking the system. As a result, I still find a lot of my sense of acceptance in being able to “do” and, and most often, it’s to the neglect of taking care of myself or of just “being.”
Why do I think I need to always be doing, when Jesus himself gave the example of making time to be alone to recharge, and especially time alone to pray to his Father? There are several passages in the Bible where, after Jesus had been involved with crowds of people, he left his disciples and got away by himself – for example, in Matthew 14.
In Luke 10:38-42, when Jesus visited Martha and Mary – two sisters – he also reminded Martha of her need to not always be “doing,” but to take time to “be” like her sister, Mary who chose to sit at his feet and listen. I have a hunch Martha found her sense of acceptance in being a great hostess which, in and of itself, isn’t a bad thing…it’s just not the most important thing.
In reality, I have to admit, much of my “doing” revolves around trying to do what is really God’s business to address – and often it means I am worrying. In Matthew 6:25-34, I am told to trust God to provide just as he does the birds of the air or the lilies of the field and just “be.” I know Jesus wants to take time to…
- “Be” in a place of discovering God’s love for me (without my needing to “do” anything)
- “Be” still and know he’s God (and I am not!)
- “Be” aware of the hearts of others (by slowing down to really listen)
- “Be” joyful as I hope in the Lord (and not let the “stuff” of life weigh me down)
- “Be” aware that I was never meant to carry heavy burdens (but to give them to Jesus and learn his rest for me)
I am learning – but I will always need reminders of just how much Jesus loves me and doesn’t require me to “do,” but wants me to “be” and allow his love to flow through me to others. – Judi Brandow, Communication Specialist