Less & More.

I love being inspired. Two of the blogs that I follow (Living Well Spending Less and Life in Grace) are currently doing a series for the month of October called 31 Days of Less and More {super inspirational}. It is a challenge to not only have less in your life but also filling those vacancies with more of their opposites. For example, yesterday’s posts were about Less Anxiety and More Rest. Who doesn’t need more of that?! I encourage each of you to read at least these posts and be inspired!

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Photo via Ruth Soukup

My reflections on less anxiety and more rest:

It is so easy to worry about all the things what we “need” to do. My life right now is a perfect example of that. We moved this last Saturday [yay!] and there are a million things to do still and not much time set aside –at least this week–to do them. But where are my priorities?

In Luke 10:38-42, Luke tells us about two sisters: Martha and Mary. To paraphrase, Jesus comes by for a visit and Martha becomes busy making sure that Jesus is comfortable and provided for. She’s frustrated that her sister, Mary, is not helping her with the preparations but sitting at his feet, listening to Him speak.

Put yourself in Martha’s thoughts– Jesus is hanging out in MY home! There may be a few things laying around that I need to pick up. Oh! Don’t forget about snacks, I wouldn’t want him to starve. There are so many smudges on the windows.. probably should do something about those. When was the last time I vacuumed? I would hate for him to notice! And don’t forget the piles of laundry! Where’s Mary? Why is she just sitting around?? I really could use two more hands!

Just thinking about that is stressing me out and making me a little nervous. But the main point to note in that particular passage is what Jesus says to Martha:

“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 10:41-42 (ESV)

My first thought is OUCH. All Martha was doing was trying to be hospitable and make sure that everyone was comfortable. But Jesus says that Mary chose the good portion. She chose to ignore all the little things in life, set them aside, and rest in the presence of Jesus. She chose to soak in every moment that she had with Him. Don’t we all want that? When I think back to the times when I have put life to the side for a moment and just focus on Christ and spending time with Him, I feel so refreshed!

Matthew 11:28-30 says “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (ESV). When you’re feeling overwhelmed, stressed and drowning in a to-do list, Christ wants you to give Him your anxiety. He wants you to rest in Him. I encourage you to take time to rest.

“do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Phillipians 4:6-7

What’s heavy on your heart and making you anxious?

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