Monday, October 9: Mary has chosen what is better
We are distracted people, with access to more technology, entertainment, and information than anyone before us. While much of that technology is so good, there's a dark side, and God’s word has a lot to say about living distracted, fragmented, pulled-apart lives. Join us as we explore hope and motivation to become people who focus on what really matters.
Read Luke 10:38-42
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."
This account of Jesus’ visit to the home of Martha and Mary is among the most familiar passages in the New Testament, but in a way also one of the most surprising. Martha, we're told, is the perfect host, not only opening her home, but also providing the best hospitality she could to Jesus and his followers. Her frustration with her sister Mary’s lack of help is totally understandable.
Doing the right thing to the best of our ability is something we expect approval and praise for. But sometimes striving for perfection in the eyes of others can be a distraction or roadblock to what really matters. Have you ever, like Martha, allowed preoccupation with performance to short-circuit your possibility of potential blessing?