Living in Fast Forward

December 6, 2008

Whoever wrote the line, “Too Blessed to be Stressed” has never visited the Harrington household. We are a very busy family. We’re either texting, chatting, blogging, cooking, running, working, playing, sleeping, studying, you name it, we’re doing it. With five kids, one dog and a cat, our house is always chaotic. Each child is going in their own direction and the “busyness” never ends. We are a busy family living in an even busier world. As a nation, we are more active and less attentive then we have ever been and it’s taking us far off track.

Mary and Martha’s house (Luke 10:38-42) was busy, also. Not only did they have their normal daily details to see to, but now the Savior of the world had become one of their good friends. Now I don’t know about you, but if Jesus were hanging out at my house, I would be a bit freaked out. Everything would have to be perfect. The house would have to be impeccably clean (which has never been and would definitely need miraculous intervention), the food would have to be exquisite (which would mean my husband would have to cook or I would order out. It would be my luck to give the Son of God food poisoning. Couldn’t happen, you say?! Have you tried my cranberry chicken?)

The Bible says that Martha was distracted and in her frenzied state, lost sight of the fact that the Messiah, the only begotten Son of the Most Holy, was sitting in her living room. I don’t condemn Martha for this because not only do I visit the frenzied state, I get my mail there. Martha’s sister Mary, however, had life figured out. She knew what was important. The clean house, the elegant food, the worldly things didn’t matter. What mattered was that Jesus was there and Mary realized that.

There are too many times in the day when I need to stop what I’m doing, be still, and hear Jesus tell me what He told Martha, “You are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”

Lord, help us to be less consumed with what others think and all consumed with what you think. Help us to live our lives for You and no one else and Lord, please forgive us when we stress out and please keep reminding us that you are the only place where we will ever find peace in this crazy, busy world.

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