Where is your focus?

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By Debbie Petras

Where is Your Focus?

Where is your focus? We live in a time when multi-tasking is applauded. We can accomplish much as we navigate our day, switching gears as required. One of the parents of a camper in our summer camp program came up to me and asked if she could clone me. She said she observed how well I was able to multi-task and she needed someone like me to help her. I accepted her compliment graciously but laughed inside.

How easy it can be to focus on the immediate. I often spend my time getting things done that are right in front of my face. Clean the house, do the dishes, water my flowers, get ready for work, read a few blogs, check Facebook.

You get the picture!

But am I focusing on what’s truly important?

I’m reminded of Martha and Mary. As Jesus and His disciples were traveling they came to a village. Martha opened her home to Jesus. Martha had a sister named Mary.

The Bible says in Luke 10:39 (NIV):

“She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what He said.”

But Martha …she was busy with preparations that had to be made. After all, they had a special guest and His name was Jesus. I can imagine Martha’s indignation that Mary had the nerve to simply sit at Jesus’ feet and listen while she had to do all the work! I think that Martha was probably great at multi-tasking while Mary had a more single minded focus.

So what did Martha do? She complained to Jesus about her sister! She actually demanded that Jesus tell her sister to help. Oh my, can you just see this encounter? And what was Jesus’ reply to Martha?

Luke 10:41-42 (NIV) records His response:

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “You are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Jesus actually told Martha that what Mary was doing was better. And Mary was simply sitting at Jesus’ feet listening to Him! She wasn’t helping Martha prepare a fabulous meal for their special guest. Mary wasn’t worried about making sure everything was perfect. She simply wanted to spend time with Jesus. She wanted to take this opportunity to be near Him and to hear what He had to say.

I wonder how many opportunities I have squandered as I go from task to task on my to-do list. I feel good that I get much accomplished. But was it the really important? Where is my focus?

I love the Scripture that says:

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)

Oh how I need to take this to heart.

How about you? Do you pat yourself on the back when you complete much of your to-do list? Do you focus on how much you can do in a single day?

Or will you consider doing what Jesus described as the better thing? To spend time sitting at His feet listening and learning.

I can tell you from personal experience that the tone of my day is so much better when I begin focusing on Jesus. I take time to read my Bible, meditate on the Word and pray before I ever start my computer. Focusing on Jesus is the better thing!

debbieDebbie Petras is originally from Long Island, New York but she and her husband Greg now live in Arizona.  She worked as a cardiovascular nurse for many years but currently works with preschool children.  Debbie was greatly influenced by her Christian grandparents but spent many years living a life that didn’t reflect her belief in Jesus.  At her grandmother’s funeral, Debbie felt the Lord speaking softly to her heart. She returned to church and began reading her Bible.  Life began to change as her love for Jesus grew and began to spill over to others.  Matthew 5:16 became one of her favorite Scriptures “…let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” She enjoys sharing her faith and writing on her blog Heart Choices as she inspires and encourages others.

6 Responses to Where is your focus?

  1. OH, sweet friend I needed to hear this today! I’ve been very ill since Friday and basically have done nothing but rest ,pray, and read God word. I’ve been beating myself up b/c I’ve been unable to get some things done and most importantly be there for a friend whose son was shot and killed this week. Your article reminded me that praying for my friend is far more important than physically being with her. She will need me when the crowd around her disappears. Thank you for sharing.

    • Oh Andrea, how sorry I am to read about your friend’s son! And I’m sorry you’ve not been feeling well. However, prayer is the most important thing we can often do. It’s sad when many people do all kinds of things but then forget to pray.

  2. I think your post is a warning to us who live for Jesus. Priorities matter and like you, I discipline myself to spend time with Him in prayer and the Word before I even look to social media or emails or I get sucked in. Not always easy either.

  3. Nice post, I I agree, that for many people can get so wrapped up getting all their tasks done inside or outside the home and become to busy learn more about Jesus and turn to him. I myself am trying to read the bible more, spend a quiet time to talk and connet with Jesus Christ and make sure to pray every night. I think the Martha and Mary story in the bible is a great example to remember to focus more on Jesus than being of concerned of getting all the tasks done or perfectly. Thanks you.

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