Is Marthaholism Blocking Your Overflow?

38 As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 39 Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. 40 But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.” 41 But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! 42 There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.” – Luke 10:38-42 NLT

Hi. My name is Julie, and I’m a recovering Marthaholic. [Hi Julie.] Like Martha, I used to fill my cup with all the wrong stuff. If you read my bio, you know I can easily fall into the trap of trying to be a human doing, forgetting I’m a human being. That’s because I have a natural knack for letting time, or the perceived lack of it, keep me so distracted with the stuff of “life” that I forget to make time for God and live. I have a feeling I’m not the only one out there who suffers from Marthaholism, so if you can relate, consider this your support group. We’re Marthaholics Anonymous!

 Here’s the thing: God gave us all 24 hours in the day: no more, no less, every single day. That’s all. Like life, on certain days the sunshine lasts a little longer, and on other days it stays darker depending on the season. Regardless of the day, we still only receive our allotted time. Period. End of story. And if God designed our days to contain 1,440 minutes and didn’t grant us the ability to time travel, that must mean He thinks that amount of time He provided is sufficient for us to love and obey Him, complete the work He set before us, steward our blessings, and cultivate our relationships. So, how do we fix this? Fortunately, the bible has an answer for that:

“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” – Matthew 6:33.

The verse above sounds like a colossal command and an impossible promise, especially when we are coming down off a Martha bender, but hear me out. Life gets haywire when we forget to prioritize God first, but if we can do that one single thing, the other parts of our life “mystically” align afterward.  Our God is mightier than time and our circumstances; he is mighty to save, and he will release you from the snares of the time trap if you let him. Sacrificing our time to God requires faith, but when we do this, it’s not a sacrifice at all. When you put Him first, it’s like gaining hours in your day. Somehow, it all just fits. There’s no logical explanation for it, but it’s worth noting that Godly time management often comes with a bonus perk, which is that “peace beyond understanding,” we keep hearing about.

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” – Romans 12:2 NLT

When you re-prioritize your life to put the biggest, most profoundly important things first – God, family, health, etc. – it allows all the moderately important things, and even the vast majority of the unimportant to miraculously fit into your day with some time left over. It’s paramount to remember: If our priorities are in order and we miss out on something, it’s just the leftover trivial fluff that didn’t matter anyway. When we walk faithfully and put God first, He will transform us. The first part of doing this is to have faith in God and his ways, but if you’re looking for specific suggestions to streamline your days, tune in to my next blog post for helpful, concrete tips that will help you create margin in your life, so you can intentionally engage with your Father.

Remember: You cannot overflow when your cup is full of the wrong things and you’re so preoccupied and anxious you can’t even notice God. The first step is recognizing your problem. Hopefully, this post helped with that. Give up your Marthaholism now, before you hit rock bottom – that is, if you haven’t already hit it!


Thank you for reading! I know how valuable your time is.

Are you a newly discovered or recovering Marthaholic? If so, I’d love to hear from you. Please tell us something about yourself in the comments below.

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