Scripture: Luke 10:
38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 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!"
41 "Martha, Martha," the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. [f] Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her."
Observation: Sometimes we worry too much about little things, and let the bigger, more important matters go unattended.
Application: There was a woman standing in a checkout line of a grocery store behind two younger women. The younger women were complaining about how messy their houses were and how no one would help them keep it clean. The older lady interrupted and said, "Girls, I used to have a messy house like you and I used to complain about it to. Now I have a very clean house, but my husband has passed on, my children all grew up and moved out and now I’m in that big clean house alone. I would trade my clean house for your messy house any day. Be thankful for your messy house."
There are lots of things in life that seem very urgent, and demand our attention now, but just because they are the most urgent, doesn’t mean that they are always the most important. Learn the difference and tend to the important things instead of the urgent. Sometimes its better to say no to an urgent thing and let it go, than it is to let an important thing be neglected by you. Don’t miss your life’s most precious times tending to all the little things that can be done later – don’t worry about washing the dishes if Jesus is in the living room!
Please help us all to set our priorities in proper order. Let us attend to the important things first, and then get to the urgent things when the important things have been given our attention. Keep us on the right track and help us to serve you in all that we do, forgive us when we fail to do the important things first.