20 October 2017

This 'n' That

It's Friday. Again. Is it just me, or are the weeks going by faster lately? In some ways, that's good, because most of us prefer the weekend to weekdays anyway. In other ways, it's not preferable, because we feel as though there is never enough time to get everything done.

Work or school (or both), church, family, extracurricular activities, doctor appointments, errands (do we really need to eat a meal or is popcorn sufficient?), chores, eating, sleeping...all of these things take time. Some of them undoubtedly involve too much of our time and others are no doubt neglected.

I often think of the story of Mary and Martha. I am no hostess, but I can identify with Martha wanting to get everything done as she did. I think most of us can, even if we step outside the context of hostessing and hospitality. Which is why, of course, I love Mary's role in this story.
Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word. 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 one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:38-42)
We can be doing well; we can be serving, whether in our local church or by serving our family or even by striving to reflect Christ as a good employee, and we can still miss the good part. No, we cannot spend our entire day in Bible study and prayer, but we can be careful about our priorities. We can be deliberate about spending time with the Lord. Above all else, then, let's be mindful that we are choosing the good part.

And while I certainly consider this weekly post to be something good, don't let it distract you from what is truly good. If you do have a few extra minutes, though, I hope you spend them enjoying your week in review (kind of):
  • Are you a gospel hoarder? I loved this article, and it went well with this sermon on Jonah 4.
  • Let's take some time to consider our daily gifts.
  • I bet you had no idea the danger bananas were in.
  • If you are a woman, I can't commend this article to you enough. I also heartily second the book recommendation in the article. I'm currently reading the same book and it's marvelous.
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Bethel Church is an abomination.
  • I'm looking forward to listening to this.
  • Well, this is utterly unsurprising to hear about Willow Creek. Just consider this (and this) from several years ago.
  • Continuing John MacArthur's teaching through Philemon:

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