Elisabeth Elliot Elisabeth Elliot (1926)
Time
"One reason we are so harried and hurried is that we make yesterday and tomorrow our business, when all that legitimately concerns us is today. If we really have too much to do, there are some items on the agenda which God did not put there. Let us submit the list to Him and ask Him to indicate which items we must delete. There is always time to do the will of God. If we are too busy to do that, we are too busy."
 
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Martha and Me There is really only one thing worth being concerned about. (Luke 10:42) I can relate to Martha. If I were planning a party, she’d be the one I’d ask to help put up the decorations and set the table. She’d be the person I called to help me put the invitations together, to decide on a caterer, to hang the balloons and make a banner. Martha knows that everything needs to be just right. I’m the same way. I’m into details. I like to have things ready when the company shows up. When there’s work to be done, there’s no time for sitting around—that’s my motto.  When Jesus showed up at Martha’s door, she did what I would have done. She started getting everything ready. She put the meat in the oven and started setting the table. She brought out the fine china and the crystal vases. She swept the floor and shook out the rugs. Everything had to be just right. Jesus was here for dinner! But her sister, Mary, had other plans. Mary didn’t share Martha’s need to please, so she sat with Jesus. He was telling stories, and Mary didn’t want to miss a word of them. She knew the house was a mess, but she also knew that Jesus wouldn’t be there long, so she forgot about the cleaning and plopped down at his feet. What nerve, Martha thought to herself. Doesn’t she know there’s work to be done?  Finally, Martha had to speak up. “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me” (Luke 10:40). That’s right, Jesus, I’m thinking. Tell her that cleanliness is next to godliness. Tell her about the importance of hospitality and diligence. Teach her the merits of hard work and preparation—of giving your best to the Lord. Make her get up and help. But that’s not what Jesus did. “My dear Martha,” he said, “you are so upset over all these details! There is really only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it” (Luke 10:41-42). Jesus took Mary’s side. He said that Mary was the one who had the right idea. She did nothing but listen and was praised; Martha did everything but listen and was chastised.  The Lord’s priorities are not the same as ours. Jesus isn’t as concerned about our lace tablecloths and clean kitchens as we are. He’s concerned with the state of our heart. He’s more interested in the time we spend at his feet, reflecting on his words and resting in his presence.

Today’s Reading  Luke 10:38-42 Reflection  Are you more like Martha or Mary? What would Jesus say about the time you spend at his feet?
 
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