One thing is clear to me.
You can’t know everything you’d like to know.
You can’t do everything you’d like to do.
You can’t read everything you’d like to read.
You must hold onto some things and let go of others.
Learning to make that choice is one of the big lessons of this life.
As they continued their travel, Jesus entered a village. A woman by the name of Martha welcomed him and made him feel quite at home. She had a sister, Mary, who sat before the Master, hanging on every word he said. But Martha was pulled away by all she had to do in the kitchen. Later, she stepped in, interrupting them. “Master, don’t you care that my sister has abandoned the kitchen to me? Tell her to lend me a hand.”
The Master said, “Martha, dear Martha, you’re fussing far too much and getting yourself worked up over nothing. One thing only is essential, and Mary has chosen it—it’s the main course, and won’t be taken from her.”Luke 10:38-42 (MSG)
Sermons aplenty have been preached on this passage of scripture and “the ONE thing” Martha was missing. Martha was fussing over things that had no eternal value. She was, and we often get, all worked up over the day-to-day minutia of life, leaving out the really critical stuff. Jesus taught, “seek the kingdom of God first.” (Matthew 6:25-33) Apostle Paul admonished the church in Colos′sae, “Jesus IS the one thing.”
For by Him all things were created—Colossians 1:16-18 Tree of Life Version
in heaven and on earth,
the seen and the unseen,
whether thrones or angelic powers
or rulers or authorities.
All was created through Him and for Him.
17 He exists before everything,
and in Him all holds toget:her.
18 He is the head of the body, His community.
He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead—
so that He might come to have first place in all things
To the Philippians Paul wrote:
Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.Philippians 3:12-14 (NKJV)
Today it seems to me that “one thing” we can clearly accept as a life lesson from our heavenly Father is:
. . . the Lord God is brighter than the brilliance of a sunrise! Wrapping himself around me like a shield, he is so generous with his gifts of grace and glory. Those who walk along his paths with integrity will never lack one thing they need, for he provides it allPsalm 84:11