I love a new year. A new beginning. A chance to start over and BEGIN again. But it is now the middle of January - and all the hopes and dreams I had at the beginning of January are playing out. Life is busy - demanding my attention at every turn. The reality of my goals and plans are now before me.
You may be asking these questions along with me:
How do I INVEST my life in what is really important - when things are pulling at me from every direction?
How do I really do the things that I dream of doing - and the things that I wish I had the self-discipline to accomplish?
If INVESTING in God's Word lasts for eternity, how do I do it? How do I spend time in the Word each day? You may be saying "I have tried, but I fail. Or I quit. Or I don't know what to do or read."
I am going to share some SIMPLE TOOLS that help me do what is most important.
It says in Luke 10:38 "Now as they were traveling along, He entered a certain village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. And she had a sister called Mary, who moreover was listening to the Lord's word, SEATED AT HIS FEET. But Martha was DISTRACTED with all her preparations; and she came up to Him, and said, "Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me." But the Lord answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only a few things are necessary, really only ONE, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her."
I am sure you have heard this story many times. But what is Jesus saying? Didn't someone have to fix the food and serve the meal? Wasn't there much to accomplish?
But He said, "Only a few things are necessary, really only ONE."
What would you say is the ONE most necessary thing in your life?
What can you not live without? food, water, sleep?
What DISTRACTS you from eating or drinking? Not much! When my sons were starting their own business, they would FORGET to eat. I was always astounded by this - but it was because they were DISTRACTED by something that was taking their full attention.
What DISTRACTS you from doing the ONE most necessary thing? Social media, the news, tasks to accomplish, worrying, the needs of your family. The list can go on and on...
But Jesus says that sitting at His feet is the ONE most necessary thing - that cannot be taken away from you. When you INVEST in time at His feet - it will last for eternity.
I am convinced that we often don't spend time with Him because we don't know what to do when we have set aside the time. What do we do? What do we study? How is it "supposed" to look?
Without even knowing it, we ask these questions:
What would I do if I did have the time? What if I don't get anything out of it? What if He asks me to do something I don't want to do? What if.....
The "what if's" can keep us from doing what is most important. The thing that will last for eternity.
What are the "what if's" that keep you from sitting at Jesus' feet?
What if I could give you some simple tools to give you tracks to run on? Some simple tools to help you do the ONE thing that Jesus says is most important.
Would you be willing to try?