If you’re like a lot of people, you got up this morning, got a cup of coffee, and began to think about all the things you had to do today… calls you had to make, bills you had to pay, errands you had to run, appointments you had to keep, things you had to prepare for, and tasks that had to be done! You made a list… gulped the coffee… perhaps made a piece of toast… and headed out the door, or simply dove into the tasks right at home!
But did you take the time for “devotions” – time for fellowship with Him (the Lord, I mean) – some time in His word, reflection, prayer, worship, thanksgiving (I call my time like this, “coffee with the Lord). I’ve discovered I have to prioritize my time with Him! If I miss it, neglect it, or let something else push it aside, I feel like I’ve missed something really important all day long. My day goes better when I have it – worse when I don’t make time for it.
There’s a true story in the Bible that addresses this issue…
Martha was a good housekeeper and a wonderful hostess! She and her sister, Mary, lived together. You could depend on Martha for a spotless house, everything in order, delicious meals, a beautiful table setting and fastidious hospitality. Mary? Well when Jesus showed up, it seemed like a lot of things were forgotten for time spent with Him, listening to His words, and soaking up His presence. Martha? She was busy bustling about the house, doing her best to keep things just right. Martha, felt a little resentful that she was having to fulfill her responsibilities and Mary’s too. The sad result… Martha felt she had to forgo time with Jesus to keep “the I’s dotted and the t’s crossed.” Read it for yourself in Luke 10:38-42.
Here’s how she complained to Jesus about it… “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
And the answer Jesus gave her? “’Martha, Martha!” the Lord answered, “You are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed! Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken from her!”
My take away from that story? Prioritize some time daily with the Lord in your busy, hectic, schedule! You’ll be glad you did! Your day… your week… your LIFE will go better! Don’t neglect your responsibilities – that’s bad stewardship of the time God has given you. But, on the other hand, in the words of Jesus, don’t allow yourself to be “worried and upset about many things… one thing is needed… choose what is better!” Make quality time daily with the Lord a priority!