“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
I’ve heard it said that, “Hurry is the great enemy of spiritual life” (Comer, The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry).
Another way it’s been said is, “If the devil can’t make you sin, he’ll make you busy.” Whether it’s the devil who allows things and activities to fill our plates and monopolize our time, or our own free will and choice, it is a major problem for moms and society at large.
Perhaps a lack of being intentional with time is part of the problem. When I’m not cognizant of my own spiritual needs, and my time has already kick-started down the road of unbalance, it is a slippery slope that leads to the pit of more, faster, and robotic rush.
I don’t want to live my life like this! -Frantic, frenetic, stressed, and hollow, lacking joy that comes from experiencing true peace and freedom, which is found in Christ alone.
The monster of more is an insatiable beast. It’s best to not even begin to feed it, because it lies. It will tell you it needs more, more, and faster, please. In all reality it is overstuffed, bloated, and miserable.
If this feels like the current state of your life, I implore you to stop. Eliminate things from your schedule. Stop feeding the monster of more (that is not so monster-like in appearance, at all, initially). Stay far from it. Focus on what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and admirable in your life (Philippians 4:8).
You will never regret spending more focused, quality time with your family. You will experience the “easy yoke” of Jesus’ presence when you set your eyes on him. Invest your time, talent, and treasure in getting to know Jesus.
Slow down. Live enveloped in his peaceful presence, through intentional time spent in God's Word and through prayer, so that you can grace the world and those around you with the warmth of Christ's love and light.
Steps of Faith:
In the words of Lysa Teurkurst, “A kind ‘no’ is sometimes a best yes” (Terkeurst, The Best Yes). What do you need to say no to this year, in this season of motherhood you are currently meandering through, in order to gather, grasp, and inhale the sweet aroma of blessings right in front you? Pick the wildflowers. Take time to smell the roses. Selectively arrange a bouquet, and enjoy the best yeses that God has in mind for your life. This will entail some thoughtful prayer.