Carpe Diem – Martha and Mary (Part 3)

Now as they were traveling along, He (Jesus) entered a certain village;and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. And she had a sister named 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 (Luke 10:38-42).”

  • Now that Jesus is gone from this earth, how do we sit at his feet?
  • How do we slow down enough to soak Him in?
  • How do we choose the good part?   
  • How to I move from a frantic place to a calmness where I can center myself and and soothe my anxious core? 

Fortunately, the Lord’s Word is recorded for us through the writings of the Apostles which make up our New Testament.

To sit and quietly read my Bible (not study it) allows me to sit at Jesus’ feet, just like Mary and listen to Jesus.

What is the value of sitting at his feet today?

I allow myself to become re-centered… where my perspective is refocused.  It is here that I can receive peace and relief as I quietly reflect and muse.

Musing is the opposite of amusement which is to distract my mind.

I also learn how to be ok alone with myself… comfortable in my own skin.

With no distractions I am forced to face myself.

It is only in states of isolation, solitude and contemplation that I can see myself and God more clearly.

Even in Luke 11:1, Jesus, who was both God and man, would go away to a quiet place to pray and withdraw from the crowds and process and settle down and collect Himself and depend upon the father.

At His worst moment as a human, in anguish and agony in the garden he was emotional broken before the Father.

He was agitated and His inner spirit was troubled, he requested support from His friends to be with and pray and then He grappled with God.

At the end, he walked toward the cross resolute, determined, yielded, focused, and humanly, in control.

Go ahead and be like Martha… get it all done.

But make it your goal this week to be still with God and settle your spirit.

Spending time with God will give you a greater heart for the Lord, yourself and the people around you.

Carpe Diem 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • Check out our new book, How We Love our Kids which will be released on March 15, 2011!  We have a favor to ask you in upcoming weeks… stay tuned.
  • Be sure to look at all of our appearances across the United States, hopefully we’ll be near you very soon.
  • Speaking of being too busy for words, Kay and I are very pleased to announce that Mary Belanger is our new How We Love Administrator.  You will be hearing more from her and hopefully interfacing with her as you make contact with us.  We’re breathing a sigh of relief at finding such a trusted partner to help us keep our noses above the water line.

Love,

Milan & Kay

Next Week:  More Relationship Tips and Advice