This week I wanted to talk about a message that was recently preached at my home church. (Check out the message here: “The Speed of Your Soul”) The past two months of sermons at our church have been filled with an overwhelming sense of God’s presence. Every Sunday I come home and say, “I mean the message was just INSANE.” Check out our archive to get yo spirit filled right on up.

This particular message tugged at my heart this month. I know it’s not just me that has been a victim of trying to look busy/being too busy, so I felt I would share this with you all. The past however many years of my life have been a lot of constantly saying, “Wow I am just so busy and have so much to do.” (Okay, maybe not exactly those words but you get the point.) And yes, I was “busy.” My life has been a frantic run for the past couple years and I was always trying to catch up with something. I damaged relationships with my family, friends, and God along the way.

Pastor Matt said something that pulled me to the edge of my seat with this message, “When you’re traveling/going so fast, can you really have deep value and meaning?” Mark 8:36 says, “What does it profit a person to gain the world and lose yourself?” Running, running, running. Trying to look like our life has so much meaning when it actually has none at all. Sure, I was in college and learning how to do ministry through an amazing internship. Sure, I was in high school joining a million organizations and getting free college. But how deep and meaningful was my life when I was too busy to make any time for the people and God who got me to that amazing point in my life in the first place?

The enemy wants you to be going so fast that you can’t realize what direction your life is going in. Luke 10:38-42 is one of my favorite stories in the Bible. Martha and Mary had Jesus over. Martha was rushing around making sure that Jesus was well-fed and well-rested and her home was clean. Meanwhile, Mary was just sat at Jesus’s feet, listening to every word He spoke- fully immersed in His presence. Martha was ticked. She straight up tattles on Mary TO Jesus. “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me,” (Luke 10:40).

Guess what Jesus replied with? “41 Martha, Martha,”  the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things,42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” The first time I read this, I think I audibly said, “well, crap. I am Martha.” The enemy turned what I thought was good (busyness and accomplishments) into a wedge between my relationship with Jesus. I didn’t have time to read my Bible. I didn’t have time to pray. But Jesus straight up says that dwelling in His presence is greater than being busy serving Him!!

Feed your soul and learn how to say no because not every opportunity has to be engaged in. If you aren’t building Godly relationships (and this includes your relationship with God) everything you are so “busy” doing will have no meaning when it is accomplished. “Busy” is a lie the enemy wants you to believe in. Say no and grab coffee with a friend or spend some time with your family. Say no and spend some extra time in your Bible. Say no so you can yes when your soul has been replenished. I challenge you all (and especially myself) to make February the month of an “anointed no.” You may realize that you’ve actually accomplished more because all that you have done has finally become meaningful.

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