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.*
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.
Until today, I did not think I would have a particular word of focus for 2014 even though I have for the past three or so years. It was not an entirely intentional decision, but nothing seemed to jump out at me as “undaunted” and “enjoy” did for 2012 and 2013. I was fine with that and chose not to force it or make a big deal about it. As I wrote recently, traditions change
and that can be a good thing.
I have recently been noticing and paying special attention to the abundance and fullness of God – both who He is and what He provides – in every day life. I considered “enough” but it did not quite communicate what I have been seeing. Instead, my word for 2014 is “plenty
,” which comes from the Latin word for “fullness.”
Won’t it be exciting to focus on God’s abundance and fullness for a year?!
Do you have a word or theme that you are paying attention to or studying? I’d love to hear about it in the comments or you can post a link if you’ve written about it somewhere else.