Many of us our familiar with the story in Matthew 10:38-42 of Martha and Mary with Jesus.  Martha was the worker committed to the task at hand, while Mary was observing Jesus.  There is a wonderful group of words quoted by Jesus in verse 42 where He says, "but only one thing is necessary...".  This morning this passage caught my heart and mind, and it has not shortly left.

Webster describes the word "necessary" as "essential" or "indispensable".  I will admit to having many things in my day that feel essential; work, relationships, family, security, money, etc.  But Jesus says that ONLY ONE thing is necessary, and that is Him.  I wonder what would happen to my life if I put as much urgency, emphasis, desire, time, energy, focus on that ONE THING, as opposed to everything else?

I had a young lady in my office recently struggling with the effects of her past on her present.  She had experienced a lot of tragedy growing up and struggled to see herself as anything but a victim of the abuse and neglect she had experienced many years ago.  She was anxious, hurt, depressed and exhausted.  Her condition was affecting her children and her marriage. 

What I want so much for this person to recognize and embrace is that none of her past matters.  All that matters today is that she was created in the image of God and for a purpose, regardless of her past.  You see God has a wonderful way of working good out of all the bad (Rom. 8:28). 

The only way to truly know and experience that purpose is through the blood of Jesus Christ, and through a daily relationship with Him.  Don't get me wrong, there is often a process to moving beyond our past, especial when the trauma was so real and excessive.   But in the end, what we search for, what our heart longs for, what we ultimately need for our own peace, comfort and contentment, is but ONE THING-JESUS. 

Today I challenge you to make only one thing essential, necessary, and let the rest fall in line. 

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1. Alan wrote:
Thanks, Donnie, for helping me focus. We buried a friend yesterday, Darryl's father. He was a gentle man, committed to the pursuit you mention. It was a pleasure knowing him and knowing his desire to put God above all else. I've been thinking today of him and his life and your comment on facebook caught my attention. I'm thankful to have you as a son-in-law.

Thu, July 18, 2013 @ 9:15 AM

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