'Martha was distracted by all the preparations.' Luke 10:40 NIV
We live in a world where multitasking is normal, or even admired - for example, we have half an eye on our phones while we're working, eating or watching TV (or driving!). It's healthy to develop more balance in our tasks.
One day Jesus visited the home of two sisters, Martha and Mary. Martha was 'distracted by all the preparations that had to be made' (Luke 10:40 NIV), while Mary sat at the feet of Jesus and soaked up all he had to say. She was determined not to miss this moment in Jesus' presence. And Jesus said that Mary made a better choice than Martha did. He didn't tell Martha not to work; he told her that she was 'worried and upset about many things' (Luke 10:41 NIV). She was more concerned with what she needed to get done than with who she was with.
We need to train ourselves to focus our full attention on what we're involved in at any given time. And then finish it before starting something else. This requires discipline, but it's worth it, because being able to focus helps us enjoy the present moment. By slowing down, we'll learn to better appreciate each moment; and we'll probably hear more clearly when Jesus is wanting to chat to us.
So what now? Choose a task you need to do today. Forget about multitasking. Put your phone on silent while you complete the task, and focus on the task at hand. Fully appreciate the moment by moment.
Soulfood: John 6:1-15, John 6:25-40, 1 Cor 11:23-24