In the busyness of life, it can be easy to get distracted and lose focus of what matters. It can be easy to get lost in the shuffle and be too busy to pray, too busy to read the word, and too busy to cultivate our walk with the Lord. But, as believers, we should always make cultivating our relationship with God our central focus. We have to make time to sit at the feet of Jesus like Mary did and not be so consumed like Martha.
You remember the story of Mary and Martha. Martha invited Jesus into her home and she got busy preparing in the kitchen to serve her guests. As Martha fussed in the kitchen, her sister Mary sat at the feet of Jesus. Martha was furious because she thought Mary should have been helping her in the kitchen, but Jesus told Martha that Mary was doing the right thing. "As they were traveling along, Jesus went into a village. A woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary. Mary sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to him talk. But Martha was upset about all the work she had to do. So she asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work all by myself? Tell her to help me.” The Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha! You worry and fuss about a lot of things. There’s only one thing you need. Mary has made the right choice, and that one thing will not be taken away from her.” ~ Luke 10:38-41 God's Word Translation
Often times, we get like Martha so caught up in serving our families, serving on our jobs, and in our churches that we miss the chief thing - the first thing - intimacy with Jesus. That is what Jesus was telling Martha and what He is reminding us today - that while we have work, family, business and so much more happening in our daily lives, we must still make time to sit at the feet of Jesus. We must make time to commune with Him. It is in Him that we receive our strength; it is in Him that we have our hope; it is in Him that we live, move and have our being and He must be our chief priority.
Today, if you recognize that you've become more like Martha and less like Mary, take the opportunity to recalibrate your life, your thoughts, and your priorities to make Him first. Recalibrate and live with Jesus at the center of your life.
Did you know there is something more precious than diamonds, rubies, and gold? Yes, time is one of the most precious commodities we have. It is the one thing we will never get back once it is gone; Time is the one thing people who are dying wish they had back. Time is the one thing parents wish they had more of with their children and spouses often wish they had more of when they get to the end of their life. No matter who you are, where you come from, what your religion is, or what your race is – time is universally something we will use (or waste) and when it’s done – it’s done.
I am thankful for time but I must admit there are days I do not feel like I have enough of it. My son, Malachi, will be 18 this year and to be honest with you I don’t know where all the time went. There were only a few days that I did not spend with him but it seems like overnight he went from this little guy who’s feet I used to hold in my hands and now he is now taller than me with more hair than me; someone with his own opinion about life and I think “woah, what happened?” I was present for nearly every milestone and it does not feel like 17 years have come and gone but they have and he is staring manhood in the face as I cover grey hairs.
Time is a beautiful thing, and it is something you can never get back. As I mentioned earlier, time is one of the most precious commodities we will ever have. Unlike money, gold, and jewelry, time is something we can never get back. Knowing this makes me keenly aware of how I spend my time. When I was younger (early 20s), I did what I wanted and wasted a lot of my time doing things I had no business doing but as I got older and had my son, I began to see how very precious time was. Now that I am 40, I understand better the phrase, “don’t waste my time,” because now at 40 I have the understanding that time is something I would rather not waste on foolishness.
Our time is so precious, whether we realize it or not, and one day we will get to the end of all of our days, I want us to be able to look back at our life and enjoy the time we had and the time we used wisely. Today and every day I am thankful for time. I want you to remember that while time is precious so are the moments. One thing I have to work on is balancing my need to work with my family time. I am a hard worker, mostly because I am always thinking about a book or a project and because I have multiple businesses operating at once, but I have to remember to stop and enjoy the time I have with my family because every moment with them is precious.
Malachi and I are avid Marvel movie fans but that was not something I did, it was something he wanted to do, but years later we still talk about the trailers and the previews and the movies. We watch them over and over again until we know all the scenes then we eagerly await the next Marvel wonder. It’s our process and while some may think that it’s foolishness, for me it is the best time ever! We laugh until we are crying at the silliest things while we wait in line and as his wall comes down, we talk and he listens and if you have a teenager you know that is time well spent. I know that when he is older with his own family, I will look back on our Marvel movie days with joy because it was time well spent. When he is older, and I have gone on to be with the Lord, Malachi will still be able to think back at those times and laugh at our silliness. That is time well spent.
So today I just want to encourage you as I encourage myself to spend your time wisely, use balance and remember you only have so much time so make the best of it, I know I will.
Liela Marie Fuller
Author, Mother, Friend, Believer in Jesus...Really Just Me.
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