Carey Lewis Devotions
Saturday, April 3rd, 2021
Busy, Busy Lives
But Martha was distracted with much serving...
Luke 10:40 (NKJV)
Are you living a busy, busy life? A hustle-bustle, get-it-all-done life? I spent decades in that deceptive race, until I was tired and humbled enough to join Overachievers Anonymous...

With people pushed to please the world- not God. As we jumped through many hoops of success, we couldn't see our work was working us.

Now my moves are with Him (not around Him).

I understand Martha. Jesus loved her and her siblings, Mary and Lazarus. One day, when Martha was preparing food, she complained that Mary wasn't helping. Christ's response?

'Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part' (Luke 10:41-42). Why did Jesus choose to repeat her name?

Was He trying to get her attention? That she might pause to learn a great lesson?

Because the 'Good part' to choose is Jesus Himself. Mary's chores paled in the light of His Words.

How many of us yield to lesser things? Like over-work or too much media? Giving them first place in our attention... Leaving us:

Too busy to spend time in the Bible. Too distracted to pray wholeheartedly. Too driven to wait for godly guidance.

Busy lives have countless intersections. When we're distracted, we hit dead ends or turn in bad places. Sometimes we end up going in circles. At best, we waste time. At worst, we get hurt.

Why? We forget to follow our Leader, by refusing to stop, look and listen... which is perfect advice for God's children going through the countless crossroads of life.

Also, consider simplification: a neighborhood without so much traffic.

## Busy, Busy Lives

NOTE: This is a 2021 update of a 2011 Carey Lewis Devotion. You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players. Mostly true. But you're not merely players. You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Busy, Busy Lives series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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