Luke 10:39-42 ESV

And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”

On a typical Sunday morning, I usually drink at least two cups of coffee before the start of our 9am service.  But this past Sunday, due to some electrical problems caused by our sanctuary construction, the coffee was ready later than usual.  If I’m honest, every minor issue we faced that morning seemed 10 times bigger than it really was because I was feeling physically drained and exhausted.

Even with Jesus in her home, Martha still managed to end up tired and stressed — and as a result began to view her chores as way more important than they actually were.  I doubt that Jesus expected Martha to ignore her guests and responsibilities, but He knew that the root cause of her anxiety was the fact that her priorities were completely misplaced.

Challenge your own thinking today and ask God to show you which areas of your life are creating unnecessary stress.  Simply taking time to rest and refuel in His presence will help bring clarity to exactly where your focus should be.

Steve Rimikis
Executive Pastor


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