“But the Lord answered her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.’” vss. 41-42
Many of us can identify with Martha. Like her we are worried and distracted by many things. Even though we’re surrounded by technologies designed to make our lives easier, life seems to have increased in its complexity. Professional and relational challenges abound, and the quality of leisure time has been compromised–everything seems harder than it should be. Even vacations can become massive distractions and occasions for worry. The sad by-product of all this activity is the decline of worship, meditation, and contemplation in our lives. When our days were more predictable and we didn’t have a fixation on being productive, all of us had time each week to feed our spirits and care for our souls. Now, with increasing screen time and declining attention spans, we’re hard-pressed to find even a few minutes a day for rest and leisure. It took some gumption for Mary to simply sit and listen while her sister fumed. Sometimes that’s what it takes to carve out time with Jesus–to say no to culture and yes to the Spirit. Perhaps it’s time for the rest of us to choose the better parts of life, those things which shall not be taken away from us.
Thought for the Day: How important is it to me to be productive?