Setting Everything Else Aside
41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”– Luke 10:41-42, NIV
Phew. December is almost over. December is a mix of a sprint and a marathon. All out one day but long enough if we sprint it we will be worn out. Between trying to get to Christmas Parties, work events, school events, getting a tree, shopping, and everything else in between… I am tired. Chances are so are you. I am looking forward to the drive home after the last Christmas Eve service. It will be a long winding drive home as I exhale from a long month. You too will probably have that same moment. Whether it is after the gifts are all assembled or when Christmas dinner has been served. The moment when we can just let the long month go. (exhale here)
The verse today describes a scene when Jesus is visiting the home of Martha and Mary. Martha is trying to manage a number of tasks while Mary is simply being with Jesus. Mary understood the priority. It was to be with Jesus. Martha was too busy to understand that all the material things did not matter, we are to simply BE with Jesus.
All of our Christmas seasons have been at breakneck speed, in fifth gear. All to prepare and make Christmas better for everyone we know. To make sure that everyone is happy. While we were doing that we have missed the focus of the season. Jesus does not require cookies under the chimney nor a fancy present. What is required is our attention. Where is you attention today?