Writing Prompts: Busy-ness

Part 1: Two Lists to Make

busy woman

Image: The Diagonal

“I’m so busy!” We fill our time with extra work, kids’ activities, cleaning, technology, volunteering … we live in a world that places value on busy people. Yet busy-ness has a subtext.

“Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made” (Luke 10:40, NIV). Though serving Jesus, Martha was caught up in the busy-ness trap. Her priority (the subtext to her busy-ness) was on making a good impression.

Writing Prompt

What are your priorities? Make 2 lists:

  • what is most important to you
  • what you spend the most time on

Part 2: Fitting God Into Your Busy-ness

Jesus had a meal at the home of Mary and Martha. Mary sat at Jesus’ feet while Martha buzzed about getting ready.

Then Martha went to Jesus and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself?” (Luke 10:40). Martha’s busy-ness led her to “fit” Jesus into her work life, almost as an afterthought, rather than as the centerpiece.

Writing Prompt

How does God fit into your busy day?


Part 3: Is Busyness about Activity … or Attitude?

When asked what activities to curtail to be less busy, most people struggle. Everything seems important – just as every detail was important to Martha when she prepared for a dinner party to be given in Jesus’ honor (Luke 10:38-42). Jesus said to Martha, “You are worried and upset about many things” (Luke 10:41). Martha’s responsibilities did not make her busy, but rather her attitude towards them.

Writing Prompt

What activities or attitudes could you change so that you could manage busy-ness better?


Part 4: Too Busy Not to Stop

Tasks and responsibilities cry out for your attention. But so does your relationship with Jesus. Mary knew this. She “sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what He said” (Luke 10:39). The crush of life demands intentional time to not be busy, but to stop and listen.

Writing Prompt

Examine your routines.  When do you sit at the feet of Jesus and spend quality time with Him?