So often in life, we get so busy with all of our obligations and to-do lists that we forget about our priorities. We get so involved with the needs of our families, jobs, and communities, that we scramble to remember the important things in life like birthdays, anniversaries, and…finding Rest in Christ. We get so busy that we forget to pray, meditate, or worship with our community. Thankfully, we also find ourselves surrounded by some amazing people who serve as great reminders. People who do a great job of balancing work, family, and faith. When we surround ourselves with these people, we begin to become more balanced in our own lives.
When I catch myself frantically running around my house trying to do too many things at once, I am reminded about the story of Mary and Martha in the book of Luke (10:38). He tells us of a time when Jesus and his disciples were visiting their friends Martha and Mary. Martha greeted them at the door and then went back to making preparations for her guests. She was so busy with her “to-do’s”, that she became distracted to the point of forgetting about her guests. So busy, that she forgot about Jesus. Too busy for Jesus? I was surprised when I first read this, but then humbled as I remembered that I too have moments of forgetfulness. In the original Greek text, Martha was so busy that Luke describes her as having, “many minds”. With today being the first day of school, I find myself absolutely relating to the concept of “many minds”.
In contrast to Martha, we find Mary simply sitting at the Lord’s feet. Ready to rest in Him. To be with Him. To receive His Word. Martha, sees this happening and asks Jesus, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself”? How often can we relate to this? “Lord do you not care, that I have a deadline to meet”? “Lord, do you not care that I have a house full of teenagers running around”? And so, Jesus answers Martha, as he would answer us, “You are distracted by many things, there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part”. We see that Mary is of one mind. Mary is taking time to be with Christ.
As I reflect on this story and think of the people in my life who positively influence the way I live and work, I can’t help but think of our Dayspring staff. Specifically, our Administrative Assistant Christine Michaelson. If you attend Dayspring and you haven’t met Christine yet, you’re missing out. She is as productive and energized as Martha and as focused and present as Mary. Christine has been with us at Dayspring for 3 ½ years. She and her husband, Manly, have been married for 7 ½ half years and have two amazing boys. Jimmy, who is 2 ¾ and Clark who is 7 months old. As you can imagine, she is quite busy at home. Additionally, Christine is also a member of Central Baptist Church where she helps to lead and organize her small group, plans social events, outreach events, and leads the young children’s choir. But what I’m the most grateful for, is all the amazing things she does for us at Dayspring. She helps to coordinate all of our projects, reach out to our new members and members in need, and helps our team connect with one another as a staff, just to name a few.
If you were to ask Christine what she likes best about her job, and I did, she’d tell you it’s about working behind the scenes to make everything run smoothly. To be one of God’s many instruments needed to fulfill His plan, and to meet some amazing people in process. To encourage our staff members in their work and to see them succeed. For Christine, while the work is important, it is being with the people that drives her. Helping other people to better know, serve, and love Christ. Doing great work so that people like you and I can be present with Christ in worship or in small groups. While, she has the tenacity of Martha and the joy of Mary, Christ is her One Thing.
So, what does this mean for us? It means we keep doing all the great things that we are doing each and every day. We continue to do great work in our homes, offices, schools, and communities. We continue to live out our spiritual gifts in the places that God has put us. But is also means…we listen. We listen for those days when Christ comes knocking on our door. And when he does, we open the door and stop to Rest in Him. We look for opportunities to stop working and start worshipping. When we do, we will find ourselves taking part in the greatest work known to man, because we have our One Thing.