Blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD… (Psalm 40:4)

Tyranny of the To-Do List

But the Lord said to her,
“My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details!
There is only one thing worth being concerned about.
Mary has discovered it,
and it will not be taken away from her.”
Luke 10:41-42 (NLT)


“Okay!  I’m up, I’m up!”

      “My child…”

“Yes, Lord.  I’m listening.  I’ll go add those things to my to-do list right now.”


“Yes, Lord, I’ll write that down too.  Oh, the baby’s starting to fuss.”

      “My dear child, that wasn’t Me.  I just want to tell you how much I love you.”

“You mean it’s not You yelling at me to get everything done – and NOW?”

      “No, my child.  But I do want you to come spend some time with me.”

“Can I bring the baby?  He’s really fussing now.”

      “Of course, my child! Come as you are. I’m always here!”

When Jesus went to visit Martha and Mary in Bethany, Martha longed to be a good hostess.  There was so much to do to prepare a dinner fit for the Messiah.  How I can relate to her flurry and fluster!  I may not have important guests on their way, but the daily tasks of life can fill my to-do list in a hurry.  Oh, and how it shouts!  Such a bossy thing it is!

Jesus never intends for my to-do list to be my tyrant, though.  As good and right as it is to serve my family or perform my duties well at work, none of those is the most important thing.  Jesus told Martha that only one thing is worthy of our focus – the thing that Mary chose, sitting at His feet.  When I choose to take time in my day to sit at the feet of Jesus, hearing from Him in His Word and pouring out my heart to Him, He reassures me of His presence and love. He renews my mind for the opportunities of the day, so that I can see them without hearing them shout.

 Lord Jesus, thank You for calling me into Your presence
and reminding me of Your love.
Please help me to keep my mind attuned to You throughout the day.

Personal Note – I wrote this to submit to a devotional for parents.  I’m beyond the baby stage, but the dog is often whining to be let out. 🙂  And for my personal friends who are wondering who Jenny is, the name is a stand-in for any one of you whom I love but don’t always talk with as much as I’d like.  😦

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