First off let me begin by giving you a glimpse into what a typical MOPS morning looks like at my home, I intended to wake up earlier then I did, so of course that left little time to get myself together. I had to go around waking up all of my children, more than once I might add. My toddler decided he wanted to watch “his shows” instead of eating his breakfast and getting dress. I’m running around at this point. Ok, it’s that famous time to head out the door. Everyone seemed like they are ready to go. I would assume that because they have been standing around for the past 15 minutes. But of course, the minute I head out the door, I turned around to find I’m the only one heading out the door, because the people who were suppose to be following me decided that they now needed to go get ready to leave. You can imagine the rest of the scene. I’m frustrated, overwhelmed, yelling, and threatening to drive off and leave them. I’m glad all of my neighbors work during the day. I’m sure they would have enjoyed the array of excitement going on at the Crosby house.
Could you imagine if the state of my MOPS morning was our norm? Well, I’m here to say in a lot of our lives it is. I’m going to talk to you today about busyness. I believe it’s a plague that is destroying families. If you don’t believe me just pay close attention to the people around you in the grocery store, bank, traffic. There is just lack of patience, joy, and control around us.
There is a story in the bible, that I like, which relates to this. It’s a story about two sisters, one named Mary and the other Martha. “Now while they were on their way, it occurred that Jesus entered a certain village, and a woman named Martha received and welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister named Mary, who seated herself at the Lord’s feet and was listening to His teaching. But Martha [overly occupied and too busy] was distracted with much serving; and she came up to Him and said, Lord, is it nothing to You that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me [to lend a hand and do her part along with me]!
I can relate to this story all so well. When one is over-whelmed with busyness it creates a sense of the following:
A feeling of being overwhelmed
Lack of control
Lack of patience
When you are living a life in this state it’s hard to do anything effectively. Now it’s time for us to step back and see what’s important. There is this saying I like to use, “The enemy of great is good.” There are a lot of good things out there in this world – you don’t need to be doing everyone of them.
Here are some ideas to ponder:
What do you want your life to say about you?
Are you overwhelmed and angry all the time?
What kind of relationship you want to have with your spouse.
What kind of values and character do you want to instill in our children? What meaningful relationships to you want to have?
All these things take focused attention and energy. I know there will be seasons in your life when you can’t help but feel overwhelmed – I have those days, to0. However, what I’m talking about is when the craziness affects how you respond; how you relate to those around you.
I don’t know maybe it is just me, I struggled with this for years. I often had to step back and evaluate what and why I was doing the things I was doing. If you find that life is over-shadowing you at times, please step back and see where the changes that can be made. I know the people in your life will appreciate it.