Jesus Never Asked You to Be Busy

I get you because I AM you… I’ve been you since I was 17. Always busy. Always “productive”. Living life like a race and running from activity to activity. Trying to achieve it all…

You’re overwhelmed and overbooked.

You’re under-caffeinated and under-appreciated.

You’re busy.

If you’re anything like me then your favorite word is often ”YES.” You say yes without thinking, then find yourself in over your head. Life is moving faster than you and some mornings you wonder if there’s ever gonna be an eye cream good enough to hide your bags.

I get it.

However, friend Jesus never asked you to be busy.

Don’t let your plans distract you from your purpose.

See there’s nothing wrong with keeping a calendar. There’s nothing wrong with having plans. But are you pursuing plans, or are you pursuing purpose?

I often get distracted from God’s will when I focus on my will. My will is to be busy, have plans, be productive, and to achieve success. But God’s will is forever for me to sit at His feet, focus on Him, and pursue my relationship with Him. I will never know why I was created if I don’t know my Creator and Savior.

There’s a passage I love in the bible where two women, Mary and Martha are preparing for Jesus to arrive. However, they each handle His arrival differently. Martha was the one who was preparing the house and Mary was sitting at the feet of Jesus listening to Him.

Jesus told Martha, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one.”

Martha may have been the one who was being productive…but she was missing out on her purpose.  What Martha was doing was helpful…but it wasn’t holy.

You only have one purpose and it is Jesus.

To love Jesus.

To be with Jesus.

To show others, Jesus.

So to my busy, overwhelmed and tired friend– drop your worries. Drop your anxieties. Drop your to-do list. Drop your plans if they are getting in the way of time with sweet Jesus. Your purpose is more than your job, your activities, your financial stability, or your calendar. Jesus doesn’t want your schedule, your hustle, or your good deeds. Jesus wants YOU. When He said “come as you are” I don’t think He meant “come with a busy life”. He didn’t say “come when you have space in your life”. He meant for you to come right now in your weariness and sit at His feet. He meant for you to be authentically you and not bring your full resume. He meant for you to come now…even in the midst of the craziness of life.

Whether you are in college and overwhelmed with school or whether you are a post-grad overwhelmed with adulting…whether you are a mom of three or a single woman killing it at work….do me a favor and make time for Jesus…Be with Jesus. Be with Jesus now. Call out to Him and give Him your silence so He has a chance to speak. Open your bible and read His word.

Stop focusing on all the things and focus on Him. How are you supposed to figure out your purpose if you aren’t doing life with the One who created you? How are you supposed to change the world if you aren’t first sitting at the feet of the One who saved the world?

Many people will tell you to hustle. Many people will tell you that each day is about working harder and becoming smarter…but I promise you, friend, You can work as hard as you want but if you aren’t sitting at His feet you’re missing out on true purpose.

Luke 10:38-42, Matthew 6:33


Grace Valentine
Grace Valentine
Grace Valentine is an author of best selling book “Am I Enough?” She also hosts a podcast called “I’m tired” and is a public speaker. You can follow her on her blog (hyperlink, twitter (hyperlink, or instagram (hyperlink Her main goal in life is that more women will realize the worth they have through Christ Jesus--and with Him and Him only we are enough.

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