I think the following words found in Luke 10 are so comforting when the negative swells like a balloon around our necks or in us.
“The Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.”—Luke 10:41-42 (NRSV)
When I read these words by “The Lord”, I am reminded that faith and deeds are the knots tied together for success not knots of stress in my stomach. I read a day of rest in the midst of deeds preformed by or because of faith is the vitamin in my spiritual regime.
When I think of sisters complaining about one another I get it. I grew up with five (5). I think they all joined the choir of sing song about me.
When I contemplate, “the better part”, I am convinced the better part for God’s children are when each one finds themself in their sweet spot. The place God ordained for them when He planned their earth tour. He also gave instruction while living out our gifting, our sweet spot. The top of instructions do not mummer, complain, gossip, backbite. In other words control the tongue for success. Here are a few instructions out of many others:
1. Philippians 2:13-15 For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.
2. James 5:9 Do not complain, brethren, against one another, so that you yourselves may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing right at the door.
3. 1 Peter 4:8-10 Above all, love each other warmly, because love covers many sins. Welcome each other as guests without complaining. Each of you as a good manager must use the gift that God has given you to serve others.
I hear the most compassionate tone in the love words spoken to beloved Martha by her Lord. The question is, do I hear the voice of the Lord when He speaks to me? Am I enjoying the ride? Or, use my rest ride day to complain about others?
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