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 only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42 (NIV)
How will you spend your time? What will grab your attention? What will be the focus of your life? What goals will you pursue? How will you know if your life has been well lived? When your life is over, what will you have hoped to have accomplished? What will be the legacy of your life? What will you hope others will say about how you lived your life? Wow, those are overwhelming questions. How am I supposed to answer all these questions? I’m not sure if I can wisely answer all these questions. That’s a good place to start. Are you saying that admitting I am overwhelmed and lacking wisdom is a good place to start? You got that right.
What will you do because you are overwhelmed and lacking wisdom? I know what I have done in the past. What’s that? I have worried and been upset about all the questions I can’t answer in life. I have raced around and worked myself to the bone in a futile effort to answer all my questions and solve all my problems. That is one choice. What do you think about making that choice now? That choice is a self-reliant, self-sufficient and prideful approach to life that leads nowhere good. I have stumbled through life, taken so many missteps and made tragic mistakes when I have relied on my own wisdom. That is not a choice that I want to continue to make. That’s good.
What choice do you want to make? I want wisdom from you. I want to sit at your feet. I want to listen to your guidance. I want to follow your instruction. I want to live and walk in an intimate relationship with you. I want to be able to know and do your will. I want to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. I want to stop doing the trivial and urgent in favor of doing what is important and eternal. I want my life to store up treasure in heaven with you. I want to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. I want my life to leave a legacy of good works that will draw people to you. I don’t much care what others might say about me. Why is that? When my life is over all I want to hear is you saying, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.” I want to be able to know that I have gone and done what is pleasing in your sight. That is a good choice. You are choosing what is better. You will be living a well lived life. That is very good.
Lord, I have been upset about many things. My thoughts, words and deeds have been driven by worry. I have paid attention to the trivial and urgent over the important. No more. I will make living and walking intimately with you the highest priority of my life. Amen
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