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Pressures of Life

Posted by Cinda On May - 13 - 2013

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

dirtydishesMy sink overfloweth. The crusty dishes from last night’s lasagna are just one more thing I need to finish today and as I look around the apartment, I begin to wonder if cloning is such a bad idea after all. As I dive into a mound of clean laundry that needs folding, I see my Bible on the dining room table.

Later. I think. There are more pressing things at hand. There were more pressing things yesterday. A gentle voice reminds me. And the day before too. And suddenly I’m reminded of two sisters who both loved the Lord.

Martha showed her love by doing for the Lord. Mary showed her love by being with him. He gently told them which way he preferred. Jesus didn’t tell Martha that her work was bad, but he pointed out that Mary’s quiet desire to sit at his feet and listen was better, and it was the one thing that wouldn’t be taken from her. I realize that God won’t be handing out plaques for good housekeeping in heaven, and although the dishes and the laundry are important they’re not eternal. Only one thing is.

I leave the laundry in a mound and pick up my Bible.

Dear Jesus, my Lord, my everything, I am so amazed that you would want to spend time with me. Help me to put down the less important things in my life today so I can grab hold of you. Help me to delight in your presence and sit at your feet. I give you all of me today. I love you. Amen.

Author: Kirsten / CCF Contributor
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