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"No Regrets"

"And Jesus answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things."

Luke 10:41

Maybe its because I'm over fifty years of age but life seems to me to be speeding up not slowing down. There are so many things I want to do but I feel like I have so little time to get it all done. I run out of day before I run out of projects. I can relate to Martha and her sister Mary. Remember on the day in question in Luke chapter 10 Martha was busy in the kitchen preparing a meal for Jesus and the disciples who were gathered in her house and while Martha was working in the kitchen preparing a meal her sister Mary was sitting and listening to Jesus speak in another room. Martha got very upset with her sister and went to Jesus to complain and He lovingly pointed out to Martha that her sister Mary had chosen the better thing when she came and sat at Jesus feet. The moral of the story is there is a time to work and be busy and there are times to just sit and listen.

I confess, sometimes, OK, often times, life is hard to figure out as to what we should be doing. From Jesus conversation with Martha in Luke 10 and the little story below I think we do well to focus more on people more than we do on things, especially when that relationship is the one between Jesus and us. When you look back on today I hope and pray you can say, the best part of my day was the time I spent with people not busy doing things, and time with Jesus learning from Him. Enjoy the story! It goes like this…

"Lift up your eyes! You are certainly a creature of time, but you are also a child of eternity. You are a citizen of heaven, and an alien and exile on earth, a pilgrim traveling to the celestial city. I read some years ago of a young man who found a five-dollar bill on the street and who 'from that time on never lifted his eyes when walking. In the course of years he accumulated 29,516 buttons, 54,172 pins, 12 cents, a bent back and a miserly disposition.' But think what he lost. He could not see the radiance of the sunlight, the sheen of the stars, and the smile on the face of his friends or the blossoms of springtime, for his eyes were in the gutter. There are too many Christians like that. We have important duties on earth, but we must never allow them to preoccupy us in such a way that we forget who we are and where we are going." (Story ends)

That's it! We need to look up today, we need to remember who we are in Christ and where we are going (towards Heaven) but just as important, remember to whom you belong! You belong to God and were created by Him and for Him. I think that is why Jesus told Martha in Luke 10 that Mary had chosen the better part when Martha complained to the Lord that her sister had left her all alone in the kitchen to serve while Mary sat and listened to Jesus speak. Jesus didn't condemn serving then nor does He now, as He was the consummate servant. Jesus simply was teaching Martha when you have to choose between a person or a thing, choose the person.

The time we spend with one another and the Lord is priceless, as we know too well that when a person is gone from our lives no amount of money can calculate their worth to us then. Looking up is about having the right focus in life and that focus is on relationships over work. Treasure the moments with people knowing the moments are all we may ever find. Make the most of your today spending time sitting at Jesus feet listening to Him. Make the most of your day serving those whom God places in your path today, those "divine appointments" that become the fruit that proves out we too have chosen the "good part, which will not be taken away!" No regrets!

"But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her."

Luke 10:42


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