Archive for March, 2009

only one thing matters

Well, I’m in Kenya… and I’ve been here for some time now.  I am actually more than half-way through the 3-month trip.  So much has happened.  Too much to blog about. At least too much to blog about right now, while my internet connection seems slower than dial-up.  But I was thinking I’d drop a quick line to share one of the most important lessons I’ve learned so far.

One of the awesome things about my time in Kenya is that our team schedules personal time with God every morning.  I’ve been a Christian for as long as I can remember, but a daily devotional time has always been a struggle to maintain.  Even when I’ve been in ministry, I’ve still found it difficult to discipline myself enough to stay faithful in that.  But during one of these quiet times, God really screamed at me  (in a good way) from a portion of scripture.

In the end of Luke 10, Jesus is spending some time at Martha’s house.  Every one knows the story how Mary’s sister chooses to sit at Jesus feet and listen to his teaching while Martha keeps busy with preparations and hosting chores.  Martha says to Jesus, in effect, “Don’t you see my sister sitting there?  Tell her to help me!”  What Jesus said back to her really stood out to me.

“Martha, Martha- 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 am a worry wort.  I am easily anxious.  Even in ministry, I wrack my mind about how things will get done or work out.  And I, like so many others, find it so much easier to make my hands busy instead of sit and spend time with God.  The interesting thing to note is that Martha was indeed busy with ministry, a good thing to be busy with, but Jesus said only one thing is needed… to spend time with him, sitting at his feet, listening to him, sharing with him.  One thing is needed. 

My life is different, I hope forever,  as I’ve now realized that the thing that I sometimes find hard to schedule in my day, is in fact the single most important part of my day.

God bless you and I look forward to seeing you in April/May!

Peace on earth