Multi-Taskers Anonymous

Hi. My name is Melissa and I need to find a multi-taskers anonymous group.

{insert awkward chuckle here}

For years I have thought it was some sort of great gift to be able to do lots of different things at the same time. Like it was some sort of super power or something, but it’s not.

I’m not sure if it is from our go, do, right this minute, super-hyper, go, go, go culture or just something that I’ve developed over the years, but in the last couple of months I’ve been hit with the harsh reality that this may not be a good thing.

Yes, absolutely, it is good to be able to handle multiple things at a time. Hey, we’re women and that’s part of what we do, right?

But what happens when we are always in multitasking mode?

I’ll tell you what happens…we loose sight of the right now.

The very present that is right in front of you is missed in the midst of being “productive”. I’ve seen this in my life and have also witnessed first hand how this can destroy our families, our marriages, our ministries, our lives, and even our relationship with our Heavenly Father.

Check this out: In studying to really grab hold of what God is trying to do in my quest for a multitaskers anonymous meeting I found this…

In Mark 12:30-31 NLT it says, Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.”

There it is. My multitasking can be good in some things, but it can’t be everything. If it gets in the way of spending time with God, I mean, really spending time loving, praying, seeking and growing closer to Him then it actually gets in the way of what God is doing in my life.

He wants

all my heart,

all my soul,

all my mind,


all my strength.

If I am doing a bunch of different things at the same time in an effort to get more done, then am I really giving Him ALL my heart, soul, mind and strength? Not really…it’s only bits and pieces here and there and He deserves ALL of it, don’t you think?

Father God, forgive me for the times when I have been so focused on getting things done that I’ve forgotten that the very most important thing you want from me is to love you, spend time with you and be fully present. You are a great and loving Father, thank you for loving me in spite of myself. In Jesus name, Amen.

What’s one thing you can do today to focus on the right now?

8 Responses to Multi-Taskers Anonymous
  1. Val Garner
    October 17, 2010 | 7:53 pm

    Great post. We do sometimes lose so much at the expense of trying to be efficient. There is great beauty if being fully present in life. Also the old adage of “the harder I try, the behinder I get” comes to mind.

  2. Wendy
    October 18, 2010 | 8:05 am

    Love this! It really hit home. Glad to know I’m not alone.

  3. Siobhan
    October 18, 2010 | 10:53 pm

    We can call it MTA and I’m so there!!!
    I actually realised this is WHY i was struggling 2 pray yesterday!!!!

    • Mel's World with Melissa Mashburn
      November 4, 2010 | 7:33 pm

      Oh My Goodness…we could call it MTA, which would save a lot of time, and we could get even MORE done, heehee!!!

  4. Siobhan
    November 8, 2010 | 3:50 am

    I TOTALLY AGREE… you see it’s when you shorten things that you can fit more things in LOL

  5. Siobhan
    November 8, 2010 | 3:52 am

    I’m following your blog now oki