8 Cease from anger and forsake wrath;
Do not fret; it leads only to evildoing.
God keeps bringing this idea back to me over and over again. I struggle sometimes because I don’t rush around like a crazy person, flitting from this to that. I see people in the church doing this, and I feel like, “God, am I lazy or something?” I just don’t feel called to the fast-paced lifestyle that some people seem to thrive in. I get a lot done, but I work at a much slower pace than I see other people keeping. I have had to learn that I’m not such a nice person when I rush around. Rushing around, for me, leads to fretting, and as we see in the verse above, that only leads to doing the wrong thing.
God had told me that I was a “Mary” and not a “Martha” very early on in my life.
Martha and Mary
38 Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word. 40 But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; 42 but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”
God bless the people who get a lot done and thrive at a break-neck pace, we need them. But God bless those of us who do things much more slowly, we need us too. When I was worried about not doing enough in the Kingdom of God, I kept hearing God whisper to me, “You never saw Jesus rushing, did you, Carole?” I have to admit, I can’t recall a single incidence in all of the Gospels, where Jesus was fretting, or rushing around. Just some food for thought