It's been a great summer thus far, and I am grateful for all of the wonderful blessings in my life.
I have had the opportunity to engage in a wide variety of experiences these last couple of months, including; going on an international mission trip, attending a family wedding, saying goodbye to my grandma, being a contributing author for a new book, coaching little league baseball, going camping, taking the kids to an amusement park, zoo and drive in movie, lighting off fireworks, spending time with family visiting from out of state, working in the garden, and (listed last on this list, but certainly not least) announcing that my wife and I are expecting another child in 2019. It has been a jam packed couple of months!
Amidst all of these experiences/blessings, I am also reminded not to get so caught up in the here and now. Recently, I found myself pouring too much time/energy into an upcoming event. A fun event, sure, but another summer happening that was taking my attention away from the "only one thing that is needed." (Luke 10:42)
Summer has been a fun/blessed time, but within all of the good times -- and particularly as I prepared for another upcoming event -- I found that I had become too "distracted by all of the preparations that had to be made." (Luke 10:40)
I had contracted "Martha Syndrome"!
"As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, 'Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!' 'Martha, Martha,' the Lord answered, 'you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.'" (Luke 10:38-42)
What a powerful rebuke from Jesus! And, what a great reminder for us.
It is a tremendous blessing to have fun in the summer, and to enjoy the moments in life where we may be blessed with times of joy. These are good things and, as we know, "Every good and perfect gift is from above." (James 1:17)
God blesses us with "good" things to enjoy, and He wants us to do so. But, He also wants us to always remember where those blessings come from, and to not let those "things" take up our time/attention away from the only one thing that is needed. Him!
Enjoy summer. Enjoy the moments of life, light and joy. But don't get too blinded by all of the distractions, all of the noise, all of the things that need to get done as you plan for the next event.
Take a step back. Breathe. Be intentional about postponing the busy planning to spend some reflective time in prayer, thanksgiving, reading the Bible, or simply looking around and appreciating the beauty of God's creation that is in full bloom all around us this time of year. That's right, I'm telling you (and me) to literally stop and smell the roses as you focus on what God is sharing with you in this season of your life -- it is the prescribed cure for "Martha Syndrome".
Wishing you God's abundant blessings on the rest of your summer!
Coach Shane is a disciple of Jesus Christ, a husband, a father, and an entrepreneur. He is an International Coach Federation (ICF) trained life coach and graduate of the Certified Professional Life Coach (CPLC) program through the Christian Coach Institute. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree (BA) and Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA).
Coach Shane has a heart for helping men, families, professionals, leaders and young adults in their earthly walks as they continue to grow and develop into the family, church, business, and community leaders that God is calling them to become. He does not teach about the Bible or religion as a trained Pastor or theologian would, but rather relates Christian principles to the everyday walk of earthly life, doing so from a layman’s perspective. Applying a Christian perspective to real life. For more information visit Shane Hansen, Christian Life Coach, LLC.
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