But the Lord replied to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered and anxious about so many things; (42) but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part [that which is to her advantage], which will not be taken away from her.” – (Luke 10:41-42 AMP)
One of the most valuable lessons that I learned last year was the importance of managing the time I have with greater responsibility.
That’s not say that I mastered it.
But, I did learn #1, How important time is and, #2 that time is actually a gift that has been entrusted to us; and as such, we have the obligation to steward it wisely.
Personally, I realized that, when I maximize the time that I have, wisely, life functions a lot more efficiently, and so do I. 🙂
Of course, out of all of the practices that I’ve done to make the most of the time granted, I have discovered in an even greater capacity, that there is absolutely no better investment of time than time spent in God’s presence.
The story of Martha and Mary has always been a good reference for myself (as with many of us) to reflect upon when I have found myself getting too busy and caught up with the cares of this life. I’ve reflected upon it quite often, and even more so as we have embarked upon this New Year.
Of all of the things that I could think of doing differently, or better, in this New Year, spending quality time in The Lord’s presence tops them all.
Jesus told Martha that Mary had chosen that “good” part that will not be taken away; in fact, he said that it was the only thing that was needful, and that’s true.
I can resolve to lose weight, look better, spend less, and a number of other things, in this new year. But, when this life is over and this old tent is laid down, none of those things will matter anymore. The only thing that will remain are the benefits of the “good part” of sitting at Jesus’ feet and hearing His word. That’s something that can’t ever be taken away; not in this life, or in the next.
It has both short term and long term benefits.
I don’t know about anyone else; but this year, my desire for the entire year will be to “daily” Choose What Can’t Be Taken Away.
Father, thank you for the gift of Life and time. Today we simply pray what the Psalmist prayed when he asked, “Teach us to number Our Days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” And Lord, help us to daily choose the part that can never be taken away.
In Jesus’ Mighty Name.
I pray your year is Bountiful, Prosperous, and Rich with God’s presence through and through.
By His Grace,