Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, ‘Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.’ But the Lord answered her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.’ Luke 10:38-11:54 (ESV)

Life seems to get so busy that we don’t have time to do anything really well. We scurry thither and yon in an effort to keep up with our to-do lists, becoming more and more frustrated as another day draws to a close without our making it past number five on our list of twenty.

It leads me to ponder how we get this way. Is it a desire to achieve more, accumulate more, be more than we already are? Is it fear that drives us to maniacally pursue whatever it is we’re chasing?

What are we chasing, anyway? Fortune? Fame? Or maybe some end goal that tells us we’ve finally made it?

I’m guessing we’re chasing peace. Ironic, isn’t it, that the thing we pursue is the thing that eludes us most while we’re seeking it? “When this gets done, I can relax,” we think. “After next Tuesday, I can settle down.”  But there’s always something else beckoning for our attention before we can get “this” done, whatever “this” is.

And so peace patiently awaits us like a languid lover. If we ever do get through with our oh-so-important to-do lists, peace will be there, ready to envelope us in its comforting arms.

The problem is peace doesn’t pursue us with the same intensity we employ in chasing our busyness. When all is said and done, only those who make a conscious effort to break from the rat race that is our modern world will reach the nirvana we’re all chasing.


What if we made a united leap off the treadmill? Would we all be kinder? More serene? More fun? What would the world be like if we all said, “Enough. I’ve had enough. I’ve done enough. I am enough.”

That’s it! I’ve typed my way to the answer! Want peace? Repeat after me: “I am enough!”

Read more by Peggy Hayes

Please join us on September 29th from 7-8:30am at Canterbury United Methodist Church for our first annual Women’s City Prayer Breakfast. We will also have a Service Fair following the Prayer Breakfast to connect and inform women of local outreach opportunities.

For tickets:   Enjoy this annual event bringing women together in prayer, service, and fellowship to make an impact in our city. Sophie Hudson will be our keynote speaker this year. Sophie is a funny and entertaining Southern writer and speaker who lives in Birmingham. She hopes that through her stories, women find encouragement and hope in the everyday, joy filled moments of life. We’re also happy to have Janet Hall, WBRC Fox6 News Anchor, as our Emcee.



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