First Things First

This week we will continue to show how Jesus prefers simplicity.  He even strived to have it in his life.  If you missed last week’s post click HERE.  One of the most widely read stories is seen in Luke 10:38-42.  Let’s check it out.

‘Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things,but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” (ESV)

How we respond when confronted with different situations reveal a great deal about our character.  Before people arrive to your party consider how your inner thoughts are processing.  Where are your thoughts trending during this time?  Are you stressed and a little crazy or are you focused on each task as it arises?  Are you experiencing frustration because others in your home aren’t fulfilling their tasks and thus placing additional burden on you?

The truth is that we all have at least a little stress when it comes to gatherings.  It is helpful to remember one purpose of these gatherings is to connect with each other in a time of joy and light-heartedness.  I know in our personal experience that we have had a few parties where we spent the whole day busy cleaning and prepping for it.  By the time the party arrived, we both were so stressed and tired the enjoyment of it was gone.  This is not living to our fullest potential.  Therefore, simplifying what we have and what we do each time we host allows us to enjoy our friends so much more!

If we are to simplify our party we must put first things first. When the St. Louis Rams won Super Bowl XXXIV Kurt Warner went from stocking shelves at a local grocery store to NFL regular season MVP and Super Bowl MVP.  The announcer wanted to talk about the big play that won them the game and said “First things first…” and Kurt responded with “First things first, I want to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”  Kurt had constantly kept the most important thing his most important thing.  Whether he ever played a down in professional football Kurt had the right perspective.  Keep God first and you are more likely to achieve your true calling in life.

So as you plan out your next gathering please remember to keep it simple and keep first things first.  If you have any thoughts we’d love to hear them!  Leave them in the comments below.

Have a great week!
Shannon & Jake

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