Garland Of Grace 03.01.11 (A Word From Sarah…)

Distraction From What Really Matters

“Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word. But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.” But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” – Luke 10:38-42

Have you ever been plagued with distractions? I have! Eric has often accused me of having great difficulty focusing on the task at hand. Take for instance, the Martin family supper table. Supper is set out, the blessing has been said, and Eric asks me, “How was your day sweetheart?” I answer him and then ask him to tell me about His day. As he begins, Elijah begins to scream because his juice cup is out of reach, and of course I get up and give him his cup. Eric continues his story of his day when Aubrey begins whining. She does not like what is for supper and she wants chicken nuggets. I now have been distracted twice over the course of about a minute and a half. By the time supper is finished, Aubrey, Elijah and the floor are a mess! So instead of being able to focus on family time, I am distracted once again by something that can wait until later but it has consumed my attention. I tell this silly story to explain how easily distractions can creep into our lives, and how they can keep us from focusing on what is truly important, and that is Christ in our lives. Poor Martha was focused on serving bread to feed our Savior but He wants her to allow Him to feed her the “bread of life!” She was not focused in the right way and she allowed little things to distract her from what was really important; Jesus! There are so many distractions for Christians in our world today. I know that within my own life, I really have to evaluate and reevaluate my priorities so that if there is something that is taking away from my time with God, it has to go! – Sarah Martin

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