“Why don’t you spend time with me?” I asked Michael the other day. “I feel like you’re always too busy to just sit and spend time together.”
“I do,” he said, “but I feel like whenever I stop to take a break with you, you’re on your computer or phone for most of the time.”
He had a point. I have been distracted by the phone lately. It seems like any time I sit down to spend time with my husband, the beep draws me away and I pick up the phone to see who is chatting and what they are saying.
As I thought about that today, I was reminded of the story of Mary and Martha in Luke Chapter 10. While Mary was sitting at the feet of Jesus listening to Him speak, Martha was busy serving their guests.
“Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone?” she said. “Bid her therefore that she help me.”
Instead of telling Mary to get up and help, He addressed the real issue at hand,
“Martha, Martha,” He said, “thou art careful and troubled about many things.”
His admonition to Martha had nothing to do with homemaking and everything to do with keeping a balance that is pleasing to God. If our priorities aren’t in order, something is bound to take the place serving our Lord.
Matthew Henry writes, “Worldly business is a snare to us, when it hinders us from serving God, and getting good to our souls. What needless time is wasted, and expense often laid out, even in entertaining professors of the gospel.”
Life is distracting.. We live in a commercialized world that can easily draw our attention away from Lord. Our desire to “do it all” can overshadow our priorities. And serving others? That’s a wonderful ministry, but as we learn from scripture, even that needs to be kept in check.
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Read Luke Chapter 10: 38-42.
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed — or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:41-42, NIV)
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Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.
She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness. Reshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.
Author of more than 15 books, Darlene continues to write and to minister to her readers through her blog at TimeWarpWife.com.
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