Friday, October 9, 2015

Luke 10:39-42 -- On Taking Time to Listen

"And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word.
But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.
And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:
But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her."
Luke 10:39-42

Today this makes me think of priorities.  Sometimes we overdo things.  We make a big production out of things when we don't really need to.  We might host a party and spend the whole time serving and making sure everyone else is okay, and we're so busy that we don't even have a good time.  Or maybe we plan a work event and part of it goes wrong, and we were so invested that it feels like a failure, even though it still happened, and people still got to talk and interact.  Or, often, we're so worried about what other people think that we forget where we're going. :)
Sometimes it is okay to let go of making things perfect, or organized.  People get fed whether we plan a 7 course gourmet feast or just order out.  People can get to know each other with low-cost pencil and paper games if the expensive activity falls through.  The house doesn't have to be perfect.  It's okay sometimes if the guests serve themselves. :)  I don't really know what the circumstances were with Martha, but I think that she probably could have taken some time herself to drop everything and listen to the Lord.  No one else is more worth it, in fact... and *everyone* is worth it on some level.  Today, let's make time for other people, for building relationships, for listening... and let's make time for God.  For building that relationship and following that example.  Let's adjust our priorities, and take time to listen to the Lord... every day.

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