As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, "Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!" "Martha, Martha," the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her."
Have you ever felt like Martha? Consumed by the all of the projects, activities and responsibilities of your daily life. So busy with these demands that you lose focus of what is really important.
Stephen Covey writes in his book “First Things First” about the importance of living by the compass and not the clock. In other words paying attention to what we should be doing instead or what we feel we have to be doing. In other words, doing what is important not what is urgent.
So many of us get caught in the rat race we forget to stop and consider the things, which are really important to us. Consider this. Is it more important you complete the entire stack of paperwork before you leave the office or that you are able to see your son play football? Paperwork is urgent, your kid’s are important.
Jesus reminds us in the Bible text above that we are to be more like Mary, focus our time where it is important. And the most important is our relationships. Not just our earthly relationships, but also most important of all our relationship with Him. So throw away the clocks and replace them with compasses.