September 30, 2010

{Scripture Challenge 2} Challenge Word #19, Priority

Challenge Word #19: Priority (Copied and Pasted from Patter Cross Blog -
Do you keep a ‘to-do’ list? Do you struggle getting through your list? Think about it—you have things you want to do, things you need to do, and things you should do. What comes first? How do you get through it all? And how about Mary and Martha? Luke 10:38-42 says “As Jesus and His disciples were on their way, He came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to Him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet listening to what He said. 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!’ ‘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 away from her.’”

Look how Martha becomes distracted with all of the preparations. I know that certainly happens to me when I look at my ‘to-do’ list. I get distracted, overwhelmed, grumpy, you name it! Looking at what each of them did—Mary sitting at Jesus’ feet and Martha running and getting dinner ready for the family and guests—these are certainly all important tasks. BUT, which should be our first priority? John 15:5 says “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” We must keep Him our first priority in all things. As the scripture says “apart from Him we can do nothing.” Our lists will fail, our days will feel stressed, our attitudes will become less than desirable, etc. Remind yourself to pray before tackling that next task on your list. Pray before every task! Make both Him and prayer your priority, and see how much smoother everything in your life will become!

For my page, I chose the John 15:5 scripture. It’s just perfect for me, and I love the reminder that without Him I can do nothing. Nothing!!

~Love Barbara~

1 comment:

Pam said...

Thank you for posting this reminder to pray before each task. So many times I am like Martha, but I really need to be more like Mary. Thanks for sharing!