Every time I prepare to speak or write I ask myself, “What is the one thing I want to communicate?” Once that is established, the rest of the message flows relatively easy. Sitting down to write today’s column, I realized I didn’t have just one thing to say, but many, maybe too many. So, what I’m sharing doesn’t come from that pile-up of thoughts, but rather from a conversation I had today with Pastor Stuart.
Jesus said to a dear friend, “Martha, Martha, 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)
What Mary had chosen was to sit at Jesus feet to listen and worship. Her close proximity to Jesus was the one thing that would not be taken away from her. It was also this proximity that afforded her the opportunity to listen and worship. We would do well to follow suit.
It may be too simplistic to say that we can boil all of life down to one thing, but I know that this one thing is of ultimate importance. Again, we would do well to follow Mary’s example.
Grace and peace,