It’s the season of –ING.
Whew! An exhausting list of verbs.
I once heard someone say, “This year, I’m not going to let things that mean nothING keep me from experiencING the one thING that means everythING.”
Me too! I don’t want to let shopping, cooking, wrapping, traveling, and socializing distract me to the point that I miss out on experiencing the “one thing needful.” Martha learned this lesson in Luke 10.
Martha would’ve been great at Christmas. She probably prepared Pinterest-perfect table settings with fragrant breads and drool-worthy desserts. Decorations just so. The entire house spic and span. There is merit in this, for sure, but Jesus puts it quickly in perspective when the pressure of planning a just-so gathering becomes too much for Martha.
“One thing is needful,” Jesus said in Luke 10:42. And I believe He still says it over and over to us, especially at this time of year.
He whispers, “It’s fine that you carefully select gifts for your family and friends, but have you carefully read My word today?”
“You took a lot of time to design this year’s greeting card, but have you taken time to really pray to Me lately?”
Decking the halls and baking up a storm are all well and good at Christmastime. They’re wonderful! But they aren’t needful (not truly).
This year, I don’t want to forfeit the one thing I do need so that I can have time to do a bunch of things that don’t really matter in the end.
I want my season of –ING to be about
And most of all…
What –ING is most needful for you this time of year?
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