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 away from her.”
Being BUSY– at work, at home, in the community– is certainly the norm for most of us. Even during the pandemic, we’ve continued our busyness, the only difference is we’re virtual! Staying busy is how we convince ourselves that we’re being good and productive people.
Is this current season of Lent having an impact on your busy schedule? I confess that it hasn’t (yet) caused me to slow down and examine my priorities. But this Bible passage and the quote below seem to beckon me to LIVE what I believe: that only one thing truly matters in my day– my time with God.
“Jesus commended Mary for knowing that one thing is necessary– that God should be loved and praised above all other business which may occupy us bodily, mentally or spiritually. He wants first an inner experience of the heart, and from that will grow the profound and divine activities which are necessary.” A. W. Tozer
Dear Lord, please empower us to re-prioritize our use of our time and energy to reflect the transcendent importance of living and worshipping you. Thank you for new opportunities every day to grow closer to you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
– Carolyn Rex