1. As we begin this new series on pressure, what are the things that cause pressure in your life? Why do they cause so much pressure?
2. The definition for “hasting” is described as: swiftness of motion; speed; celerity: urgent need of quick action; a hurry or rush: unnecessarily quick action; thoughtless, rash, or undue speed." Whether for good, bad or indifferent things, does this describe a good chunk of your life? Why are you “hasting away?" Do you feel as if you even have a choice?
3. If you got two extra hours each day, what would you do more of? Why?
4. Read Luke 10:38-42. Who do you identify with the most in this story? Why?
5. Jesus says that Mary “has chosen what is better,” in relation to what was urgent or more important. How often do you choose urgency over what is most important? What societal pressures encourage us to choose urgent over importance?
6. What are some practices (individually and communally) we can use that help us choose the better over the urgent?
Examine your own life. What urgent things are you saying “yes” to that you need to say “no” to? Similarly, what are some better things you are saying “no” to that you could say “yes” to?