Choosing What’s Necessary in a Busy and Distracted World
I don’t know about you, but lately, I’ve been busier and more distracted than ever. From virtual meetings and homeschooling to endless housework, my “to do” list gets longer and my thinking gets foggier. Thankfully, there is a remedy. This remedy provides rest, peace, fulfillment, and fruitfulness (not to be confused with productivity).
Choose What is Necessary
Recently, in the middle of my overwhelm, God reminded me of the story of Mary and Martha found in Luke 10:38-42 and how I have the freedom to choose what is necessary. I’ll admit, it can be difficult to determine what is necessary. I’m wired with a “Martha” personality. I thrive on hard work, productivity, “to do” lists, and a general sense of accomplishment. Unfortunately, this means I tend to miss out on the present moments and unplanned joys of life. Of course, we are to work and manage life’s responsibilities, but when life’s responsibilities prevent us from living and enjoying the life that Christ died for us to have, our work is unfruitful.
Do Less to Enjoy More
As Christians, we have the benefit of the Holy Spirit to comfort us and to guide us into all truth. This is a great hope, as willpower and personal effort have limits. God has promised to give us his grace that is sufficient for us to do whatever we NEED to do. But first, we must surrender our ‘’to do” list to him. Consider starting each day in complete surrender, asking God to help you trust him to do what’s necessary and to ruthlessly eliminate distractions (e.g., incessantly checking email and the news) and busyness. You might find that by “doing” less, you “enjoy” more.
Find Rest and Strength
Choosing what’s necessary is not a “one and done.” It’s a daily, and perhaps moment by moment, decision. It’s a journey filled with numerous learning opportunities. It requires us to be honest with ourselves and with God. It requires us to enlist the help of our family, friends, and support systems. But as we learn to choose what is necessary, we can be encouraged that in doing so, we will find rest and strength and bear much fruit that even a global pandemic cannot take away.
About the Author
Melissa Troncoso is passionate about helping people cut through the clutter of misinformation and overcome barriers to achieve success in weight management, health, fitness, energy, and life balance. She is a native of Houston, Texas, and world traveler thanks to a 17+ year career as a Navy Nurse. A lifelong learner, she is a third-year PhD student studying obesity and weight cycling. She enjoys reading, eating good food, traveling, and spending time with her husband and two children.