In today’s society we all lead a fast-paced life. From responsibilities at work, to the family, to church activities, and everyday errands. We are more stressed out today than ever in history. In fact, although we have more “conveniences” today more people are suffering with stress related illness, like heart attacks, than ever before.
According to a statistic from the American Heart Association, ‘the WHO (World Health Organization) estimates that 16.7 million people around the globe die of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) each year. Of the total CVD deaths annually, about 8.6 million are of women. Heart attacks and stroke deaths are responsible for twice as many deaths in women as all cancers combined.’ That’s a HUGE figure!
It made me think: Why are so many people getting sick?
I recently saw a couple of YouTube videos that were titled “life-hacks”. Basically, it was simple suggestions you could incorporate to make life more simple and easier. Some of the suggestions were really cool. While others made me say to myself “Why didn’t I think of that?” Whoever created the idea of a “life hack” was honestly a genius! But I am amazed at the fact that we actually need such videos to teach people how to cope with life. Have we gotten so busy in life that we need a life hack just to get through it?
Some people I know are naturally “busybodies”. They like to keep active but don’t really get anything accomplished. But in my opinion the “busyness of life” (where we are dealing with life’s difficulties, toils, and struggles) may be the cause for the high mortality rate we see above.
Luke 10: 38-42 describes the story of Martha and Mary.
In it we see two sisters who possess two very different qualities.
The bible says “As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him.”
Martha was obviously a very hospitable woman who wanted to share her home to Jesus and his disciples so that they could rest and recover from their journey. But in her efforts to make her guest more comfortable she became distracted by all the preparations that had to be made.
We women know all about “Preparation!” The cooking, the cleaning, the bills, the deadlines, the meetings, the baby crying, the car needs fixing, the boss is complaining……all of it summed up in that one word: “Preparation!”
As Jesus and his disciples were relaxing, Martha’s sister Mary decided not to participate in the “preparation” but instead decided to sit at the Lord’s feet and listen to what he had to say.
Martha complained “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
Jesus’ reply is tender towards Martha, but one I feel we can all take into consideration. “ “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
What was Jesus saying? He was saying, that what Mary had learned from listening to Jesus could never be taken away from her. She was not distracted by “preparation” but gleaned all that she could from the Messiah who was right there in her house.
Now, this is not a call to be lazy. By no means! But the Lord is saying to choose your priorities carefully.
Being busy doesn’t impress Jesus!
So, what’s my point when it comes to Martha, Mary, and the Life-hacks. Basically it’s this, while the idea of a “life-hack” may seem like a cool idea, the idea of a stressed and overworked life isn’t. Don’t get so overworked with life that you forget to appreciate the bigger things in life. Your family, your spouse, your friend, & your kids. These special relationships all mark the favor and love of an amazing God! Even Jesus separated himself from the stress of the crowds to talk and pray with God. So why shouldn’t we?
Give those special people in your life a hug today and tell them how much you love them.
And don’t forget to take care of yourself, dear friends. We have too many people dying today of stress related diseases.