Choosing What Really Matters
If you made a list of ten things that really mattered in this life, what would they be? And if you made the list would you spend any of your time on them? Every day we make choices about how we spend our time and energy--the urgent often pushing out the important.
In the story of Mary and Martha, two sisters in a family that often entertained Jesus, there were two different opinions on what really mattered. One thought that being a good host and making sure an honored guest was well fed was more important than hearing the guest speak. The other thought that having God in your house and being able to ask him questions was an opportunity too good to pass up. Besides, you could always eat later.
I have often visited a close friend or family that I haven't seen for awhile and find that they want to take me to all the tourist spots and entertain me. What I would rather do is just spend time with them and talk.
There is more to life than increasing its speed. ~ K. Gandhi
If we spent less time telling God what he should do and more time listening to what he has in mind, we might find happiness a lot sooner. ~ Winsome
When Mary sees me coming
She runs and holds me tight
She wants to know everything
We talk into the night
It's not that I'm ungrateful
And it's not that I don't see
Martha, you want things perfect
But Mary just wants me
Everyone who knows you
Admires what you can do
No one cooks or keeps a home
As beautifully as you
I know you think it's selfish
And you think that it's unfair
That while you're washing in the kitchen
Mary dries my feet with her hair
We all have priorities
What we take and what we give
We leave behind a legacy
By the way we live
You have your reputation
You chose the hostess' part
Mary left her legacy
Right here in my heart
You care about so many things
You're afraid they won't get done
But only a few things matter
©Winsome Publishing 2010
Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are. ~ Chinese Proverb
Men for the sake of getting a living forget to live. ~ Margaret Fuller
Luke 10:38-42 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. [a] Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her." ~ Todays New International Version
You have made us for yourself and we are restless till we rest in you ~ Saint Augustine
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