Friday, March 4th, 2016
Parent Traps (Part 14)
Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, 'Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.' And Jesus answered and said to her, 'Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.'
Luke 10:40-42 (NKJV)
Moms are working outside jobs, striving to help their husbands, seeking their children's welfare, managing busy households, trying for a social life, hoping to stay attractive, wanting to help their neighbors, extending themselves to kin, driving around in circles, juggling their priorities and volunteering at church.
Dads are working overtime, contending for promotion, providing for their loved ones, fighting every enemy, facing unruly people, ignoring their own welfare, puzzling how to do it all, counting on some buddy time, missing wifely snuggle time, squeezing in their Jesus time and praying for some down time.
Kids are working hard at school, climbing mountains of homework, scrambling to sports and hobbies, receiving oodles of stuff, wondering what will come next, needing their lives to matter, hating everything phony, focusing on media, deciding what to follow, texting people all the time and longing to be a star.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Your busyness is Satan's delight. Many time stealers are amusements, but some seem to be reasonable. For me, it might be AMTC. For you, it might be your family. For others, it might be church service.
Aren't these important priorities? Isn't each one a godly pursuit? Certainly yes and possibly no. They are significant number two's. But without number One, we get lost.
'Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you' (Matthew 6:33).
When you ask God to order your life, and not once, but every single day, your To-Do list will order itself. Trivial pursuits will fade away and your big mission(s) will become clear, including your family's future, including parent/child dynamics.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Parent Traps series.