I often (okay, almost always) find myself moving 100 miles a minute. I keep a mental to-so list because things need to be just right. Once I get an image in my mind, then everything MUST be in tune with that vision.... Often times losing sight of the TRUE end goal. Honestly, you should see my at an event... I run around making sure glasses are filled, napkins are placed just so, and friends are happily enjoying themselves. And yet, I neglect the conversations and encouragement that could be happening in those moments. I treasure appearance and organization over hearts. It’s hardly ever knowingly, and never from bad intentions. But it’s neglect nonetheless. I remind myself of sweet Martha, when Jesus visited. I can assume that her goal wasn’t to ignore Jesus, but instead to serve Him well. And yet, she missed the whole point. We see their encounter in Luke:
Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.”
And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”
LUKE 10:38-42 (NKJV)
Jesus taught Martha with so much kindness. He didn’t point fingers or accuse. He simply spoke kindness and truth to her heart. He reminded her what was most important: HIM. Without that kindness and truth, Martha may have lived the rest of her life in bondage to preparation instead of the celebration of presence.
Jesus’ words speak loud and clear to my heart: sit.
Sit like Mary did, like Martha learned. Sit at the feet of Jesus, and learn from His heart. Then sit in the depths of life with His children. Sit and listen, fellowship, mourn, or celebrate.
As I meditated on this year’s 2018 “One Little Word”, I focused on an area that I knew would sting a little; a place that needed some work. That’s why this year, I’ll be focusing on sitting. Not on laziness or ignorance, but in rest. In enjoying and mentoring and fellowshipping. Because perfect napkins are wonderful and good, but if they’re more important than the work that God wants to do through my PRESENCE, then they’ve become an idol. So here’s to sitting.
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