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The Lord answered, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things. One thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the better part. It won’t be taken away from her.”
— Luke 10:41-42 (CEB)
A Bible study reflection question caught my attention: What three things in your life keep you from a closer relationship with God? Instantly, the word busyness came to mind, followed by the words worry and fear.
When I retired, I envisioned days filled with reading, studying, writing, and indulging in the hobbies I enjoy. Instead I find myself engulfed in a schedule that seems as frantic as earlier days when I raised children, held a job, and maintained a household.
I began to consider, What does God want from me? While I believe that God wants me to care for my family, church, and community, I also believe God wants my time and attention. God desires that I have more balance in my life. Do I rush from one activity to the next, or do I take time to build a stronger relationship with God? Today, I dropped my busyness and went for a long walk in the crisp air and sunshine on the mountain close to my home. My mind was totally focused on the magnificence and beauty of God’s creation. I had no room for worry or fear.
When we take time out from the demands of our daily lives, we can find a peaceful path, closer to God.
Daily devotionals from The Upper Room