38 While they were traveling, he entered a village, and a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 39 She had a sister named Mary, who also sat at the Lord’s feet and was listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by her many tasks, and she came up and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to serve alone? So tell her to give me a hand.” 41 The Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but one thing is necessary. Mary has made the right choice, and it will not be taken away from her.” — Luke 10:38-42
Prioritizing Your Day
by Dan Hall
In Luke 10, Martha is distracted by the tasks of life. Martha cannot bring herself to pause until all things are prepared and in their proper place. Mary, by contrast, chooses to spend time with Jesus and put her chores on the back burner. Many of us can identify with Martha in terms of our fierce attention to our day-to-day responsibilities. It’s easy for us to be so consumed by our responsibilities that we end up missing the grand point of it all. In a sense, we miss the forest for the trees.
I recently lost my brother unexpectedly. He was only 42 years old. Had I known before his death that my time with him was fleeting, I can assure you I would have been more active in taking advantage of the remaining time.
How we spend our time says much about how we prioritize the things in our lives. And even though we know God should be our top priority, we still sometimes become overly comfortable and make assumptions regarding the days we have remaining. Whether it be while driving, showering, or tying our shoes, we all have opportunities to commune with God each day within our busy schedules. We must be deliberate with the prioritization of our time to make sure God is the supreme focus within the many different parts of our day.
- Realistically, where does God fit on your daily to-do list?
- What changes or adjustments can you make to your schedule and/or the schedule of your family to ensure that God is the prominent desire and priority?
- Have you taken your communion time with God for granted? What things have consumed your attention instead of God?
- Are you a Mary or a Martha? If you are a Mary, what can you learn from Martha? If you are a Martha, what can you learn from Mary?
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