“As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made….”Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42 (NIV)
Canine trainers say that “sit” is the most important command a dog needs to learn. It is a reminder that the owner is in charge of things and not the dog. Trainers tell their puppies to sit before they feed them, play and go out the door. This teaches the growing dog that he must respond to his master and that his own desires are simply not the most important thing in his life. Not to compare us to dogs, but there is a spiritual principle we can learn from the dog trainer. Sitting still with the Master requires discipline. It reminds us that God is in charge and as a growing Christian, the time we sit with the Master is of most importance. It is in the sitting that our agendas are exchanged for His agendas and we walk away with peace and joy to accomplish all of our daily tasks. God is not looking for perfect, workaholic, stressed out people like Martha. He wants some Mary’s. Choose which is better. It will make you more productive and effective.
Prayer: Lord, I love you. I thank you that I don’t have to do it all or get it all perfect for you to love me. Remind me when I get overwhelmed to pause and sit at your feet. As I listen, I will watch you give me peace and joy to know what to let go of, what can wait and what is important to you, me and the people in my life you call me to serve. I thank you for teaching me the principle of sitting with you first, even if it is just for a few minutes, it makes me more effective and productive. In Jesus Name! Amen.