Carey Lewis Devotions
Wednesday, February 16th, 2011
But Martha was distracted with much serving...
Luke 10:40 (NKJV)
Do you have a busy, busy life? I am guilty as charged and thank God for His patience. I now intend to move with Him--not 'around' Him.

Do you have a character from the Bible with whom you identify? For me, it's Martha and Peter: Martha, because she was very busy and felt sorry for herself in the process, and Peter, because he was a 'stepper-outer'--not always right, but bold in speech and action.

Martha was a good woman. Jesus loved Martha, her sister, Mary, and her brother, Lazarus. You may recall that Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. When Martha bustles around Jesus preparing supper, she complains that Mary is not helping, but He says,

'Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part' (Luke 10:41-42). Did He repeat Martha's name in order to get her attention? That she might stop for a moment and listen?

The 'Good part' is Jesus. Mary is sitting at His Feet. How many of us get too busy with work, family, errands, hobbies or media to spend time with Jesus, to read the Bible, to pray, to ask God's advice and listen for His answer?

Lives that are too busy have countless confusing intersections. It's easy to turn right, turn left, backtrack or go in circles. When we get distracted, we open ourselves to all kinds of trouble by not following the Leader, by not choosing 'That good part.'

If you know you're too busy--then stop, look and listen. It's perfect advice for children of the Most High God before crossing an intersection.

Even better--move to a neighborhood without so much traffic.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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