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A Daily Devotion for Tuesday, May 28

Luke 10:41-42


“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed— or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”


We have all probably read these particular passages many times. But reading them now through our “distraction lens”, I am able to think of the story a little differently. Martha allowed herself to be completely overcome by the distractions of being the hostess and the one responsible for food and comfort for her guests. She missed the point in the present. Jesus was in her home, teaching! She felt someone needed to do all the things which needed to be done for her guests. (To use a very over-used expression, she ‘missed the forest for the trees’.) There likely was a better way for Martha to handle the situation. Distraction caused her to miss out on a very important event.


Lord God, I pray today that I not allow distractions (worries, expectations, perceived responsibilities, routines, habits, etc.) to get in the way of my relationship with Jesus Christ. I ask you, Father, to allow your Holy Spirit to guide me in the way I should go, in all things. Amen


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Luke 10:41-42

Well I had to take a second look at these scriptures because I thought I was hearing “Janet, Janet, you are worried and upset about many things!!!!! Do I???so I reread it again” sure enough, me, my down fall, could I see that ? Only One Is Needed! Wow! Reminds me of what shall I wear what shall I eat etc,, all showing me that wording about nothing .. I couldn’t get that?? I worry about nothing, tomorrow will worry about tomorrow and that should be worry enough.

Dear patient and gracious Lord,

Help me to worry less and to know that you are with me always and to take the time to acknowledge your presences even when…


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Luke 10:41-42


I have always liked the fact that Jesus was not scolding Martha, just reminding her to be more like Mary. Martha was distracted rightfully so, doing what was expected of her as a woman. Mary seemed to know that it was Jesus she should focus upon. Many women, today, identify with these two women—mostly Martha.


Prayer: Gracious God, help me remember in my busyness to try to find you. Help me be more like Mary. Amen

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Tuesday, May 28th, 2024

Luke 10:41-42

But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things , but only  one  is needed. Mary has chosen what is better and it will not be  taken away from her.


This is a challenge for me, because so many times I will multitask excessively instead of concentrating on what is the one most important task  at the time. This kind of concentration requires me to slow down, and discipline myself to focus and enjoy the one task completed successfully. We can all learn from Mary, who in the mist of the many things that were taking place, she was able to focus on what was most important at…


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Tom
May 28

Luke 10:41-42

Even with Jesus right in front of her, Martha felt the strong pull in another direction. She was so distracted by making things perfect for Jesus, she risked missing the joy of just resting in and being with Him. I have long appreciated and share the saying that the perfect should not be the enemy of the good. This does not mean our work does not matter and any result is fine. It simply means doing your best, knowing you have done your best and being content in the knowledge that God knows this as well. Then you can put the distractions aside and rest in order to hear what God has to say to you.


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