Slow Down

Slow Down

There was a now-infamous study presented to Congress in the 1960’s. The study claimed that with all the new labor saving devices, within 30 years we’d only work 15 hours a week and our main problem would be what to do with “all this time on our hands.”


We often wear busyness as a badge of success


Busyness is often a smokescreen for an empty life


Satan can’t stop us from loving Jesus or people so he just distracts us by keeping us busy


Luke 10

38 Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things,


Jesus did not confront Martha because of her gifts or her personality


Martha was…

Distracted – “dragging all around”…preoccupied

Anxious – to be worried about actual and potential problems

Troubled – disappointed, unsettled


Martha invited Jesus to dinner and then completely forgot about Jesus

Busy – condition of the world.

Hurried – condition of the soul.


Martha was preoccupied with the task and devalued the relationship


42 but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”


Mary chose…

The good portion – attitude of worship and receptive heart


“Love and hurry are fundamentally incompatible. Love always takes time and time is the one thing that hurried people don’t have”

John Ortberg