I imagine your life is not that different from mine. There always seem to be things that need to be done, people that need to be seen, calls that need to be made, emails that need to be returned. Everything seems to be so urgent. And, as we deal with the urgent, the important things sometimes seem to fall by the wayside.
I’ve been thinking a lot of a story in the Bible about two sisters, Mary and Martha. If any two people exemplify the urgent vs. the important, it’s these two.
The story is found in Luke chapter 10 beginning at verse 38. Jesus arrives at the sisters’ home for dinner. Martha welcomes the Lord into their home and immediately gets to work in the kitchen. After all, Jesus came with an entourage and there was much to do! Meanwhile, her sister Mary sat at Jesus feet, listening to all that he taught. So what does Martha do?
She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.”
Martha got things done. She was an organizer and a worker and watching her sister just sit around was driving her crazy. ( I get Martha!) She got into such a tizzy that she went into the living room and yelled at the King of King and Lord of Lords to get her sister to help! Honestly, Martha makes me laugh, maybe because I could totally see myself doing the same thing.
“My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Only one thing.
Now if you are like me you are probably wondering, “Well that’s fine but who is going to cook the meal? Who is going to do all the urgent things?”
And then I wonder, if Martha had just sat down at Jesus feet with Mary, would they have experienced another miracle. Not long before Jesus supernaturally fed 5,000 + people, I doubt that Jesus had run out of miracles!
What might happen in our lives if we took Jesus’ advice and made this “one thing” a priority, to recognize it as important?
Life does not depend on us doing everything …it depends on you and me taking everything to God, hearing God’s voice, following God’s leading, and delighting ourselves in the Lord. Because the joy of the Lord is our strength.
“There is only one thing worth being concerned about.” We like Mary, would be wise to discover it. That one thing is God!
By making God the important priority in our lives, we are no longer subject to the demands of the urgent. We no longer have to live in our own strength.
Let’s not allow the tyranny of the urgent deny us time to draw near to our life source!
Today let’s choose the One thing —let’s prioritize the important over the urgent