Oh, the many hats from which to choose today, in this moment, in a lifetime! To choose to don the “writer” hat is to disregard all the others competing for my attention right now: the “homemaker extraordinaire” who would fold the piles of laundry, mop the ever-so-dirty kitchen floor, vacuum the bedrooms, clean the dirty bathroom. Or maybe I should choose to be the “counselor-on-top-of-everything” and reply to emails; research a few new topics; formulate thoughts in response to questions and issues raised by the clients who sharpen me constantly and push me to dive deeper into faith and relationships and my own heart. Then the “friend who’s always there” who needs to return emails, schedule coffee dates, make a few phone calls, check in via text.
And that’s just for starters. Never mind what is actually pressing in this very moment – a retreat I’m speaking at tonight that needs to be polished and practiced. And a Jesus who calls me to choose what is best.
Enter Mary and Martha. As Martha frantically busied herself with serving and tasks and grew resentful that Mary wasn’t joining in, Jesus gently yet firmly reminded her – “Only one thing is needed.” So, Lord, give me grace to choose that one thing the next hour, the next day, during this season … this year … this lifetime. Teach me what is needed, and give me grace to choose wisely. Whether that be mopping floors, responding to emails, giving a hug to my daughter in need of reassurance, taking that phone call – or saying “no” to all of the above in order to BE with Jesus.
I’m participating today in one of my favorite blog activities, Five Minute Friday. Write for five minutes unedited on a topic given by Lisa-Jo Baker each Friday. Link up to this community here.
5 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: choose”
Soooo many things always pressing for our attention and we tend to choose that which is the loudest. Great reminder to choose wisely, Heather, and that comes from by gracefully seeking the Lord.
Hope to come back here when I can choose “surfing some thought provoking places” when life renders some free time.
Thanks for your encouragement, Tammy, and for taking a moment to read and reflect. Blessings to you, too!
I think we shop at the same hat store! 😉 Loved loved loved reading this post. It can be so difficult to choose what is best, but so rewarding when we do! I wise friend once told me that she prays for God to help her accomplish the things HE wants done that day. Then she can rest in peace in the evening knowing that the tasks she didn’t get to were not on the Lord’s priority list for the day. Hi from FMF. 🙂
Your presentation at the retreat was such a blessing. I learned so much from it, and from just chatting with you. It’s always nice to meet a kindred spirit 🙂
Thanks for your kind words, Melissa. I perused your blog and added it to my feed. Thank you for sharing your heart this weekend and through your blog. You are a blessing!