Finding Contentment in a Discontent World

Read with me from Luke 10: 38-42.

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 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!”

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

The story of Martha and Mary reveals a lot of about our convictions. Are you a Mary or a Martha? Here is something that speaks to the Martha inside of us. Tomorrow we with talk about the Mary inside of us.

Are you a Martha — productivity-aholic, who’s way of service is usually in the form of doing things. Because the mental-load of running your house and your work can be all consuming; forcing the wires in my brain to jump from task to task with a constant goal of checking things off the list.

The challenge for Martha’s is to find greater contentment on your top priorities - God and family. Often God and family take the backseat when life gets busy. Here are a few ways to pump the brakes on our doing and focus more on our being. 

I wait at least one hour before responding to all commitments to really think about your schedule and priorities. Only say “yes” to the things that will nourish your soul.

On your day off, block off your calendar so you cannot schedule any work meeting. Force yourself and family out of the house to avoid household chores and to do an activity where you can be 100% focused on each other.

Block off time to come and worship Jesus with your church family. Whenever we fully engage in worshipping Jesus, it is nearly impossible to be focused on anything else.

Any thoughts on practices that nourish your soul? Share in the comments.

In His Grip,

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