My days are ruled by the clock. Alarm at 4:50, prayer and writing just after 5:00, chef hat on by 7:45, walk the dogs by 8, get ready before 9:00, and then my real estate day begins. I’m not sharing this so you will think that I do a lot in a day. Actually, many days I fail at getting it all done.
Busy, a word I’ve come to dislike—chasing my tail—running in circles. All leaving me frazzled and cranky.
In my quiet time this morning, I read the story in Luke 10:38-41. Two sisters, one named Martha who was preparing food, in a hurry, and complaining about all that she had to do. The other sister Mary, refused to worry about preparations. She chose to sit and listen to Jesus.
Martha, in all that she was doing, finally complained to Jesus. ” Lord, do you not 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.”
I relate to Martha more than to Mary. Martha was distracted by her ‘to do’ list—wanting everything to be perfect for Jesus. But distraction defrauds of what’s better.
Each day I hurry to get to all my appointments and honestly, I kind of thrive on the challenge of beating the clock. Some days I succeed, some I don’t. But here’s the thing: Every day in my jam-packed schedule, I have a decision to make…will I choose what is better?
Will I choose to be present today?
Will I choose peace over worry?
Will I choose patience over frustration?
Will I choose to pray instead of embracing fear?
Will I choose what is better?
Mya, my Siberian Husky follows Zorro around ALL day. Wherever he goes, that’s where she is. Even when he naps on the guest bed, Mya waits for him at the door. Every second with him is precious.
I want to be more like Mya…and Mary. Contented in the moment, not distracted, hurried, worried, or busy.
This moment is all I have.
I’m not guaranteed more.
Will I miss moments today or will I choose what is better?
How do you choose what is better?