Four Step to a Less Frazzled Life

layered look works in fashion but not in life

I love window shopping. Wandering through boutiques and shops, scoping out new styles and fashions is one of my favorite pastimes. I pause at store windows, looking at the mannequins dressed in the latest trends. I check out the fabrics, colors and cut of the clothes.

Inevitably, one particular outfit will catch my eye. And often what I like about the ensemble is the play of different textures and hues. Then I will look a little closer and realize that the mannequin is dressed in 87 tops!

Okay, I might be exaggerating.

But an example of a showcased outfit might be a camisole, t-shirt, a button-down shirt, and sweater. Three or four necklaces and a scarf complete the ensemble.

Too much!

I don’t dress like that, but sometimes I try to layer too much into my life. I pile on one activity after another. I direct the church choir, lead a ladies’ Bible study and volunteer. I try to keep up with the dusting, vacuuming and toilet-bowl swishing. In between I have lunch with friends, talk to my mom on the phone and try to spend time with my family.

Although the layering of fashions looks stylish on the boutique mannequin, the layering of activities usually leaves me looking frazzled.

Four Steps to a Less Frazzled Life

In her book, Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World, author Joanna Weaver talks about how Mary found “the one thing needed”–intimacy with Jesus. When Jesus was visiting Mary and her sister Martha, Martha bustled around the kitchen, while Mary sat at the feet of Jesus. And Jesus said,

“Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. (Luke 10: 41-42)

When we try to do too many things, the one important thing often gets neglected.

Joanna Weaver offers some practical advice on how to practice “one-thing living.” She outlines four helpful steps:

1. Invite Jesus to rule and reign. Each morning ask Jesus to rule your day.
2. Ask God to reveal the next step. As you go through the day ask God to reveal the next thing you need to do. Don’t try to do it all at once.
3. Have faith that what needs to get done will get done. Trust God to show you each item that needs to be accomplished and trust that what didn’t get done can wait or will be done by someone else.
4. Be open to the Spirit’s leading. Our days may be interrupted by divine appointments.

Let’s try “one-thing living” this week. Jesus invites us to sit at His feet for a time. He offers to take all of our anxieties and frantic activity and if we will let Him. Take time from all you frazzled hustle and enjoy intimacy with the Savior.

Next step: Start your morning by inviting Jesus to rule your day. Pray over your calendar and ask Him what is the next thing you need to do. Accept His grace to complete the task.

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Comments

  1. Hey, I love it. This is a good reminder. Whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed it’s usually because I’m over committed. That’s when I stop, take a long look at my priorities and eliminate things. I used to push myself until I was burned out. Wisdom has taught me to listen to my inner self screaming “enough” and adjust. Thanks for sharing Sharla! I love your concept. I’ll never look at a store mannequin the same again!

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  2. Another excellent post, Sharla. It reminded me about Jesus and the rich young ruler. There is only one thing that is needful, and that is to follow Him. In order to follow Jesus, the young ruler had to get rid of all the extra stuff. In recent years, I have become very clear about what following Christ looks like for me. I do not do anything that does not line up very specifically to God’s calling on my life. I have made a decision to “choose the better part”–to make a lasting impact for Him. Thank you for reminding me to resist the temptation to get distracted.

  3. Another excellent post, Sharla. It reminded me about Jesus and the rich young ruler. There is only one thing that is needful, and that is to follow Him. In order to follow Jesus, the young ruler had to get rid of all the extra stuff. In recent years, I have become very clear about what following Christ looks like for me. I do not do anything that does not line up very specifically to God’s calling on my life. I have made a decision to “choose the better part”–to make a lasting impact for Him. Thank you for reminding me to resist the temptation to get distracted.