Choosing Plenty Instead of Guilty

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Sometimes I feel guilty about what I don’t do, like…
  • hurried or unbalanced meals when I do not plan ahead or lack energy to make what I planned,
  • the clutter of things I need to put away,
  • stacks of papers I need to file in the filing cabinet I cannot reach because of the stacks of boxes still unpacked in our home office,
  • unwritten thank-you notes,
  • evenings when Brian and I come home from work and I feel tired or out-of-sorts instead of cheerful and energetic,
  • not being able to do everything I think I should be able to handle.
But then I mull over God’s Word and remember what is true. For example, “Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. 19 Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before God. 20 Even if we feel guilty, God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything” (1 John 3:18-20 New Living).


When I honestly consider what my actions show, I find myself choosing time with and for people instead of doing tasks that have clear, tangible results:
  • praying for students
  • doing manicures or sipping hot drinks and listening to chatty students
  • joining small group ladies for dinner on short notice
  • spending quality time with my husband

The thing is, when our actions and choices are like Mary’s, we often give up having homes like Martha’s. That is what Jesus called choosing the best thing and that is plenty for me.*

*Luke 10:38-42

What life lessons have you been learning recently?


Edit: I finally got this image and link working to tell you I am linking up with Amy at The Messy Middle.

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7 responses to “Choosing Plenty Instead of Guilty

  1. I love the idea of choosing plenty over guilty … thanks for linking up with Trusting Tuesdays ( and I look forward to reading how February and Plenty goes 🙂

    • Thank you for the encouragement and the link, Amy! I tried to use the link-up button from your blog, but it didn’t work the first time and I ran out of my “writing time.” 🙂

  2. lwerezak

    I agree with Amy above, it’s so thought provoking to quash guilt with plenty. I hope you continue to see this work out!

  3. Really thought provoking. I am also learning to sit down among the mess and be with the people who helped make the mess. It’s tricky because that doesn’t yield the “results” we like but in the long run the results are much more rich.

  4. I think this is your best blogpost ever…..straight from the heart, authentic, practical! Delightful! Love you oodles!

    Sent from my iPad


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