Thanksgiving is fast approaching, Advent and Christmas are right around the corner.  I saw a couple of snow flakes yesterday... and NO, my holiday shopping is not complete.  As the world races ever faster into the 21st century I find there are new challenges to be met.  Combined with all the old challenges, sometimes it seems like an inundating task, trying to keep up.  My dear friend and colleague in ministry, Tommy Hays, recently wrote a devotional that is helping me to regain my focus on how to get a firm handle on all that is happening in life.  With your permission, I would like to share it with you.


"But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to (Jesus) and asked, 'Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.' But the Lord answered her, 'Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her' " (Luke 10:40-42).


Lord, Martha had a personal relationship with You; and out of that relationship, she felt led to be very busy and always at work. When she pointed out her sister's failure to join with her in the work she was doing, she assumed she knew Your will and Your answer to her complaint, even before hearing Your response. She insisted of You, "Tell her then to help me."


But that's not what You did because that wasn't Your will. In fact, it was Martha, the one busy about the work of the kingdom or at least the "many tasks" she felt were the work of Your kingdom, who received Your correction. What she understood to be the pressure of Your will turned out to be a false pressure of worry, which became an idol and distraction, keeping her from the true intimacy of the personal relationship You both desired. Martha mistakenly thought she was in a better place than her sister in Your eyes, but she had not chosen the better part at all.


Lord, I want to choose the better part. I want to be in the best place, the most intimate place, in my personal relationship with You. Forgive me for getting distracted and overcome with worry for the things I assume are Your will, without first drawing near to hear what Your will really is. And forgive me for judging others of how they should be expressing their relationship with You, even as You free me from those same judgments of others as well. Lead us all to choose the better part, the better place - the place of intimacy in Your Presence where we can truly hear Your voice and obey Your will, so we can truly be about the work of Your kingdom in Your way and in Your time. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen. 

- Tommy Hays

Folks, I hope you prayed along with Tommy.  Let's remember as we get real busy during the holidays, what is really important is taking the time to improve our personal relationship with Jesus.  I invite you to join with me as I "work" towards improving my relationship with the Lord.

- Pastor John