Last Thursday I had a the chance to meet with some lovely ladies at my friend Kath’s lovely home and share a bit of my heart.
Kath invited us all to her home for an “Organized Home Workshop”. Being a TRUE firstborn I love to organize…I quickly RSVP’d Yes. Kath responded (equally quick,I might add) asking if I would be willing to teach for part of the morning.
I have been blessed with a charming cottage that honestly doesn’t take much to organize and keep it clean. However, I have been learning so much lately about serving and living intentionally. Living with intention is good but I’ve learned that we are created for ONE THING. Join me today in a gentle reminder from a well-loved story.
You are worried and upset about many things, but only one this is needed (Luke 10:41-42)
At the Home of Martha and Mary
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 feetlistening 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.[f] Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10: 38-41
Many of us have commonly referred to ourselves as a “Mary” or a “Martha”. But what if we aren’t supposed to be one or another? What if it’s more about the balance of spending time in the living room Jesus’s feet and serving in the Kitchen.
Kitchen vs. Living Room Time
- It’s a rhythm of work and worship. If you have a day full of errands, service, work…”Kitchen Time” then take some time later in the week to spend time with our precious savior. If you just got off a weekend retreat full of “Living Room Time” precious worship, fellowship with believers. Go SERVE!
- Seize the moments you have. Sometimes I get a beautiful hour-long quiet time to begin my day with. Other times I’m reading my devo (THANK YOU YOUVERSION and SHE READS TRUTH) in the school parking lot waiting to pick up my sister or savoring Jesus Calling moments before my head hit the pillow. Be Present, come as you are and rest in your savior.
- Practice the SABBATH! Cut the distractions out (TV, Social Media,) and spend your Sunday focus on God’s Best for you. Have dinner with your family (and actually sit down at the table and talk)
The “ONE THING”
We are created for WORSHIP our lives (every little action) is to bring him glory—even cleaning toilets. The “ONE THING” Martha lacked was fellowship with Christ. Luke 10:27. How can we have more of that “one thing” in our daily lives?
- Invite Wisdom Take time to breath and shout up a prayer of help to rule your kingdom! Teach us to number our days aright so that we may gain a heart of wisdom (Ps. 90:12)
- Ask for the Next Step: Don’t let the “Big PICTURE” overwhelm you. Ask Jesus what your next step should be, do it and then take another step.
- Have Faith You have committed your day to Christ. Trust that HE will show you what one (or sometimes MANY) things need to get done. If it’s different than you expect don’t sweat it…maybe God is going to use someone else or it was unnecessary (at this time)
- Be Flexible. If unexpected things come up don’t focus on what didn’t get done but rejoice in the God-given opportunities you might have missed if you were SO focused on your agenda.