Huddles: Spring 2019
Below is the plan for you to follow as you lead out this study. At the end of this post we have attached the full curriculum that includes some very helpful Bible background and commentary to help you as you prepare to lead. Our prayer for you is that the Lord will bring this Scripture to life in your own life and that your leading will be an overflow from that! Let us know if you have any questions.
The Lead In
Never before in our history have we been so mobile and so connected. I’ve seen people sitting at red lights, putting on mascara while talking on the phone while eating breakfast. The direction our world has taken toward technology and interconnectedness has actually brought us a stretched-too-thin sanity, it seems. We are a VERY busy people. Even as you sit (or stand, or walk) and read these words, there are likely five to 10 different situations/issues/trials you are facing, questions you’re wondering, or deadlines you’re dreading. But for all our busyness, are we seeing progress? That’s today’s talk. Take a minute and pray for your students. And while you’re at it, pray for yourself.
As we start small group, I want to ask you to write a short list of things you’ve been doing this past week. How many of you would consider yourselves pretty busy? Do you think it’s possible to be TOO busy? What does a life that is too busy look like?
Today we’re talking about the second of Satan’s favorite arrows: Busyness. This arrow is pointed at your calendar. But you don’t have to have a full schedule to be considered busy, either. We’ll dive into some things God wants to say to us about busyness.
Open up your Bible to Luke 10:38-42, maybe the most well-known story about busyness.
As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken from her.”
- Who are the two sisters, and what is an adjective you’d use for each of them? Which one of them do you identify with the most?
- What was Mary doing after Jesus arrived? What was Martha’s complaint?
- Why do you think Martha was doing what she was doing? Was it wrong?
[Split the group and debate whether Jesus thought Martha was wrong or not and/or if she actually was wrong in what she was doing.]
- Jesus told Martha, “You are anxious and troubled about many things.” What is one thing in your life that you are anxious or troubled about?
- How do we sometimes use busyness as a medicine in our lives? Why does it seem like some people want to keep themselves so busy? Do you think busyness is wrong?
- How can busyness in your life affect your spiritual health? Have you ever been so busy that you didn’t have time to eat or sleep? Our bodies have a way of slowing us down when we get too busy, but our relationships also can suffer when we get too busy. Have you had a friendship get weaker when you didn’t have the time to invest in it?
Someone read Ephesians 5:15-17.
“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”
- What’s more valuable: time or money? Why?
- This verse includes the words “making the best use of your time.” In what ways do you not make good use of your time? Why do you choose to do that?
- Why do you think the author (Paul) is giving us this warning?
- Since starting our discussion tonight, we have spent ____ minutes talking about busyness. In your opinion, is this a good use of your time? Why or why not? How could our small group time be more effective for you? [Leaders, this might be painful, but it’ll also be very practical!]
- Someone once said, “If the devil can’t make you bad, he’ll make you busy.”List a few ways that becoming too busy can hurt your closeness with God. How can you avoid making those mistakes in your life? Who needs to help support you in that?
Last Word and Application
With this conversation of busyness fresh in our minds, let’s pray for each other about the changes we need to make. Everyone in the group partner up. Your partner is the person you’re going to pray for daily this week. And at least one time this week you’re going to let them know you’re praying for them. That can be in person, phone, text, Facebook, etc. Doesn’t matter how. Just let them know they’re being prayed for.
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