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Better than Busy

Updated: Oct 16, 2023


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.”

Luke 10:41-42


“Mom!” “Mommmm!” “MOOOOMMMMMMM!” I looked up from my phone just as my youngest daughter stomped her foot in a huff and said, “MOM! I have been trying to talk to you! Why don’t you pay attention to me? Everything else is always more important than me!” I was trying to order groceries and was immersed in what I was doing. Because I spend so much time on my phone, my kids never know if I am doing something important or mindlessly scrolling on TikTok. My daughter was clearly upset, and it only escalated things that I wasn’t listening to her when she was trying to talk to me. I set my phone down, and gave her my full attention. She was having an issue at school and needed me to comfort her. She just wanted my time…and it stung that she didn’t think she was my priority.


I started to think about how Jesus must feel about me. I spend my time doing a lot of important things. Things for Jesus, things for others, things that I know honor Him and bring Him Glory. I do not, however, always make spending time WITH Him a priority. I imagine Him waiting patiently for me, and then calling my name, “Heather!” ”Heather, come sit with me.” ”Heather, I am trying to talk to you! Why is everything else always more important than me?”


In the book of Luke, when Jesus is visiting Mary and Martha, Mary is found at the feet of Jesus, listening to Him, giving Him her full attention, while Martha is preparing food and being the “hostess with the mostess.” Martha gets frustrated because she is doing all the work and she says something to Jesus about how Mary isn’t doing her part. This was Jesus’s response: “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.” That cuts deep. You see, Jesus just wanted Martha’s attention. Jesus wants OUR attention. We are so busy being busy…but, He just wants us to sit with Him, at His feet. The “important things” can wait. Laundry will be there, work will not go away, dinner will be ok in a half an hour. We need to choose what is better – and sit with Jesus every single day. At His feet is where we get the strength to continue to do the important things. At His feet is where we learn to love like we are supposed to. And at His feet is where we get our cups filled up so that we can pour out.


Maybe it looks like putting your phone down and paying attention, or getting up fifteen minutes earlier, or even choosing to sit with Jesus instead of watching The Bachelor. He is calling you…He won’t stomp His foot or throw a fit. He will just wait patiently. Friends, don’t make Him wait too long.


Your Fellow Able Mom,


Heather Lawless


Jesus, forgive me for not choosing you when I should. Help me to remember to sit at your feet daily. Thank you for never walking away; thank you for pursuing me no matter what. I love you. Amen.



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