Mahatma Gandhi once observed, “There’s more to life than increasing its speed.” That one statement has done a lot to help keep my priorities straight. There was a time when I found my identity in the pace of my performance. I figured if a fast pace was good, ramming speed was better! In reality, it was “better” for one thing, and that was driving me to continue doubting, denying, and dodging God’s love for me while I was doubling my efforts.
When I am challenged, my default mode is to speed up. And as I hurried along at my frenzied pace, my grumbling and complaining was no different than what I was hearing from those around me. I’d groan that “My plate is so full I don’t have enough hours in the day to get it all done!” My solution: step on the accelerator! I was running in the rat race of life, never fully realizing that even if I crossed the finish line first . . . I was still a rat!
Does this resonate with you? Let’s take a look at two sisters who paint a wonderful portrait of what to do and what not to do as it relates to increasing the speed of life.
As they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her than to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:38-42)
In other words, as Jesus explained to Martha, “There’s more to life than increasing its speed.” Both sisters were doing “good” work. They were both focused on serving their Lord. But Mary knew when to stop serving and start sitting at the feet of Jesus. Do you? Martha’s “ramming speed” only produced anxiety and a troubled heart. Mary’s sitting resulted in the “good” portion.
God gives all of us work to do to expand the cause of His kingdom. He uses all of our gifts, talents, and abilities and gives us the perfect amount of time to get it done. If we continually find our plate to be overloaded, we can be sure it was not God ladled on too many labors! If God knows the number of hairs on our head (Matthew 10:30), we can be sure He knows the number of hours we need to do what He has called us to do each day . . . both to serve Him and to sit at His feet.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!