The Over Achievers

Posted: 12 June, 2008 in Ponderings
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The Over Achievers, Blured Manhatten Busyness

In the gospel of Luke, an account of Martha and Mary at home was recorded. We know from the accounts in the book of John that Lazarus, Martha and Mary were very close to Jesus and they were indeed very dear to Jesus Himself (John 11).

In this particular case, Martha went out and welcomed Jesus and the disciples into her home where Mary also was. She was then distracted by the preparation, notably dinner, for about fifteen-sixteen people, no small task in any case (not many people can boast hosting Lord Jesus at home; well, in the physical sense, physically). However, Mary simply sat and listened to what the Lord had to say. Martha then “complained” to the Lord but Jesus’ answer was astonishingly insightful and tenderly:

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “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.”

In life we get upset and worried about many things, yet many of these things are not of pure necessity. It is actually amazing how few things are needed to lead a simple life. Of course, the only thing that really matters, just like Mary, is sitting at the feet of the Lord. “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God” -Luke 4:4. “The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life” -John 6:63.

In our daily busyness, even with the “right” things (feeding Jesus and His disciples is holy work!), a lot of the time we got carried away and lose focus. Looking back, is your life just a blur of activites that you know it really didn’t matter or you don’t have any memories of? Could we have made it simpler so we can have more time for the more important thing?

Could we not over achieve in form and concentrate more of life in substance?

The Over Achievers, Blured Manhatten Busyness

Did you miss the sunrise only to be caught in the peak hour traffic? When was the last time you waked up feeling refreshed and grateful? How often you sat at His feet and had a long chat? When was the last time you read His love letters?

Choose what is better.

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  1. anon4him says:

    It has been a while… thank you for this.

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