Last week as I was reading in my Bible, I came across the story of Mary and Martha (Luke 10:38-40). As I was reading the story this thought came to my mind, “How often do we act like Martha and decide we don’t have enough time to sit down and read our Bible and pray?” And “How often do we believe the lie that God won’t care about our daily activities, so we don’t pray?”
Sometimes I think we act a little too much like Martha. We believe the lie, “I don’t have time to spend time with God. I have too much to do.” If you are struggling with being too much of a Martha and not enough of Mary (especially during the school year), here are a few tips to help you become more of a “Mary”.
1. Instead of saying, “I don’t have time,” try saying, “It’s not a priority.” Wow, that cuts deep, doesn’t it? If you think about it, you have plenty of time a day to waste on your phone. Why not use that time to read your Bible and pray (Exodus 34:14)?
2. Have your quiet time in the morning or at night. This tip I feel is extremely helpful during the school year. Get up early before school or work and have your quiet time then, or vice versa. Before you go to bed at night read a chapter of the Bible and tell God about your day or what you need help with on the next (Psalm 1:1-2).
3. Christian music. I know I have mentioned this A LOT, but I do feel this is another great way to get closer and listen to God. Once you start the habit of listening to Christian music it can only do you good! It reminds you of who you are in Christ and what He has done for you (Psalm 105:1).
Comment below any tips you would like to share on how to become a better “Mary.” I would love to hear them and maybe give them a try. Remember, we have quiet time with God because we want to and strive to know Him better not because it’s required or because it will make us look good (Psalm 143:8).