Serve from rest
'Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.' Mark 6:31 NIV
A busy life isn't necessarily a productive life. We tend to fill our schedules, trying to fit everyone in and to help with everything we're asked to do. We juggle study, work, relationships, church, daily responsibilities and end up so busy that we're stressed, struggling and not being productive at all.
God wants us to work hard at everything we do, as if we were doing it for him (see Colossians 3:23) but he doesn't want us to burn out and sacrifice time with him for the busyness. The story of Mary and Martha sums up Jesus' view on this. Martha was running around trying to be the perfect host when Jesus came to visit. Mary sat at Jesus' feet, listening to what he had to say. Jesus said to Martha: 'You are worried and upset about many things... Mary has chosen what is better' (Luke 10:41-42 NIV). We can get like Martha too, trying so hard, but missing out on restful times in God's presence. But Jesus says, 'Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest' (Mark 6:31 NIV).
Here's a great thought to ponder: serving from a place of rest will be far more productive than serving from a place of busyness. God says: 'Be still, and know that I am God' (Psalm 46:10 NIV).
So what now? Use a calendar to help schedule your time. Put it in all your commitments, including your time with God. If it's looking too busy, think about what you could take out (but not your God time!).
Soulfood: 1 Sam 16-17 Lk 4:31-44 Ps 102:1-11 Pro 17:4-6,