Sunday Devotion: Priorities – Where Does Your Family Rank?

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‘”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.”‘ Luke 10:41-42 (NIV)

Although, this verse is about Mary spending time with Jesus while Martha was cleaning and cooking, we can very much apply it to our own family. Mary knew that it was much more important to spend quality time with Jesus rather than worry about things around the house that were, in comparison, of no real value.

My grandmother used to say, “those dishes will still be there, but the kids won’t always be there.” She could say this because she had experienced it.

Right now my children all still young, but every day I see that they are growing up so quickly. I know that one day they will be out on their own, and of course, there will still be dishes to wash and toilets to clean.

What do I want to remember: the hours that I spent making sure that my house was spotless, or the time that I spent with my children? Sure, there are things that we have to do around the house, but not to the point that we miss opportunities to nurture and spend time with our families.

Obviously, the key is to prioritize our time and find a balance. In the end, if we can do this, we will be much happier and will live a much more fulfilled life.

Prayer Time: Ask God to help you prioritize and balance the things in your life so that you will be able look back and say that you truly did the things that mattered most.

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Posted on April 19th, 2009 in Mom's Corner | 2 Comments
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