Choosing What is Better

This week passed in a blur for me. I was busy and was mentally drained with whatever free time I had and as a result my alone time with God and His word was not as long and focused as I would have ideally liked.

Yesterday evening, my husband gently told me that I was getting unnecessarily short with him. When he said that I did not reply immediately. I was grateful that the Lord gave me the wisdom to reflect on whether I was behaving that way and not argue with him about it. As I thought about it, I realised that I had let almost a whole week pass by wherein I allowed busyness to reduce my quiet time with God and the less time I spent with Him the less I behaved like HIM.

God’s timing in teaching a lesson is impeccable. My scripture reading for the day ended up being Mark 1 and verses 35-39 is about Jesus praying in a solitary place.

Mark 1:35-39

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him, when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!”

Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere elseโ€”to the nearby villagesโ€”so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” So, he travelled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.”

As we approach the end of the year, we tend to get busier and busier. For me, it is always a bit crazy in the weeks leading up to Christmas. God reminded me to not let myself get distracted from spending time with Him.

I was reminded of the story of Mary and Martha that we read in Luke 10:38-42, we see that in the busyness of preparing for everything Martha allows herself to get distracted but Mary sets herself right at Jesus’ feet. She did not allow all that needed to be done to take away that time with Jesus. Martha did what many of us may have done, she focuses on all that needs to be done and complains that Mary is not helping out. Yet Jesus reminded her that in all the hustle and bustle, stress, and preoccupation with other things, Mary had “chosen what is better, and it would not be taken away from her.”

We all see in the life of Jesus that He made it a point to withdraw and spend time with the Father. No matter how busy he got preaching, teaching or healing, Jesus always sought a place to be still in order to go out and fully live His purpose.

Spend time with the Lord – Beth Moore once said that a musician always tunes their instrument prior to a concert so that when played it will sound right. Similarly, we need to spend time with God to be tuned to sound right and play His notes rather than our own set of discorded notes.

So, before we get too far into December, lets us remember that however many things are there on our to-do list, they do not come before God.

Let’s make it a point to always “Choose what is better”

Seeking Him first and sitting at His feet and soaking in His words.

God Bless.

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  1. A lot of truth here. It’s bad enough to have my priorities out of order, but yesterday I found my whole morning spent getting sidetracked by things that weren’t even on my to-do list! By the end of the day I not only had things left undone, I was grumpy and irritable with people I should have been kindest to. (Today I started with prayer, Bible reading, and worship, and I was a different person.)

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    1. I can completely relate. I woke up this morning and spent time with God (Saturday morning here now down under). I am definitely a more likeable person and truthfully feel like I am getting more things done without running around like a headless chicken.

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      1. We just get a clear idea of our priorities and we just tend not to get too flustered. We might not get everything done but what is most important is already done( starting your day right with God).

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  2. Hmmmmm, once more the Lord reminds me how necessary the disciplines of silence and solitude are. I love what you said, Manu, about the less time we spend with Jesus shows how we behave less like Him; which means the more time we spend with God, is the more we act like Him. Wow! #soulsearching

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    1. Solitude and silence with Him is so very necessary for each of us and I can definitely see the difference in how I go through the day when I do have that time with the Lord and when I donโ€™t.

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  3. Itโ€™s easy to get off track and neglect quiet time with God. When I got busy with my move the same thing was happening. Iโ€™m trying now to settle down into my routine again. Iโ€™m glad God is faithful to us even when we fall short. He somehow understands and gives us gentle reminders (such as your husband did with you) to get back on track. Thanks for sharing! ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฟ

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  4. Great post! Thank you for this reminder! I too feel and act differently when I donโ€™t spend time with the Lord. And as you said, during the Christmas season, things get hectic. So if we keep this in mind ahead of time, it will help a lot! โค๏ธ

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  5. Great post! Such an important message. I cut back on my blogging because I felt I was doing too much, but with my health stuff worsening due to the time of the year, I’ve been considering taking a blogging break for the month of December. I don’t want to because I just took a break in September, so I’ve only been back at it for 2 months. But maybe it’s better than trying to push though it when I know that I need more physical and spiritual rest. Yeah. I should just do it. Make the better choice, right? The brain is stubborn.

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    1. You do what is right for you Tina, your decision should be based on your priorities which include God first, you and your family. Maybe you donโ€™t need to take an official break but just post less, maybe twice in the whole month. There is nothing wrong in that. Everyone is busy in December, I will be posting less too.

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