Sometimes my life gets so hectic I lose focus of what matters most to me – the treasures of my heart: spending time with my family and friends, quiet time for study and prayer, taking long drives on the Harley with my husband, or strumming my guitar. Have you ever read the story about Mary and Martha in Luke Chapter 10?
Mary and her sister, Martha, have an unexpected visit from Jesus and His followers. Martha quickly dons her party hat and begins tending the details for an unplanned feast, while Mary sits at the feet of Jesus, listening.
I think God included this passage in the Bible to remind us about our priorities. Like Martha, we all have unexpected circumstances that force us into action and fill up our schedule. Life happens. And sometimes we get so busy with the demands and responsibilities of our daily life that we lose focus of what’s important. I’m a Martha, but I want to be like Mary and refuse to let busyness rob me of the things that matter to me.
When life feels overwhelming, I try to remember the story of Mary and Martha and remind myself that the treasures of our heart are played out by what we do, and how we live our lives. That truth makes it easier to let priorities, not circumstances, set my course.
“‘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 10:41-42 (NIV)
“Slow me down, God. Help me take stock of what matters most in my life, and then give me the direction and wisdom to be true to You and those priorities. Help me by . . .”