Some time ago I was reading the children a Bible story at breakfast. It was about Mary and Martha. This is how the children's Bible summarized Jesus' words to Martha.
"Martha, dear," Jesus said kindly. "Don't be worried and bothered. All we need is something simple. Then you would have time to be with us and hear what I have to teach you all while you have the opportunity. A woman's place is not with the dishes all the time. Mary has chosen to do something far more important, and I'm not going to stop her."
This story always speaks to me because I feel so much like Martha sometimes! But these words really stood out to me. "All we need is something simple. Then you would have time to be with us and hear what I have to teach you while you have the opportunity."
Sometimes we don't have time for the important things because we make things too complicated or more work than they need to be. Keeping things simple can make all the difference.
There are busy 'survival mode' times like having a new baby or being sick. Sometimes there is no way around the craziness.
But if you are feeling flustered and bothered like Martha, it is good to stop and ask yourself if it is possible to simplify. Are meals more complicated than they need to be? Could you make a large dinner and have leftovers the second night? Could hairstyles be simpler and save some time? Do you have too much stuff to keep up with? Are you busy organizing, tidying and cleaning things you could easily do without? Are there any areas of your house that need decluttering? Do you have too many activities to keep up with?
Remember these words, All we need is something simple. Then you would have time to be with us and hear what I have to teach you while you have the opportunity.
I like Corrie ten Boom's humor. "Kiss–Keep It Simple Stupid!"