But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part,
which shall not be taken away from her. Luke 10:42
That good part always involves people, not things. That good part stops to talk with the elderly church member who lives alone and craves fellowship more than you are craving food because the preacher went longer than usual.
That good part calls the stay-at-home mom who is overwhelmed with those active little tykes, instead of spending more time on facebook.
That good part stops to talk with the cashier and show concern for her day even, though your day is out-of-control crazy, running way behind schedule.
That good part takes a meal to a shut-in, joins the choir, cleans the church, sends a note a fellow follower, offers a hand at the next church gathering, takes a turn in the nursery.
And what is it that we are so busy about? I am such an expert at this because I am guilty of all of the above! Our lives are so jam-packed with activity! Why do we even put porches on our houses anymore? Certainly not to sit out there and relax!
Thanksgiving is just around the corner. This Monday morning, I have purposed to STOP after a wonderful, wild, weekend full of great, memory making activities, and read the Bible for ME! As a pastor’s wife, it’s easy to fall into the trap of reading the Bible for others: preparing for the children’s church, or the Ladies’ Sunday school class, or the Wednesday evening Master Club class, or a blog! But this morning was for ME! It wasn’t much because I need to get busy :), but my time in God’s Word was just enough to keep my perspective on this coming holiday season. I need that good part more than the others who may benefit from it. My heart is filled with joy for serving my Master, and once again I revel at my spot at His feet.
It isn’t by accident that Chapter Ten of Luke begins with Jesus sending out the seventy, and includes the words: Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.(20) How our hearts should, first of all, rejoice in that fact that we are God’s blood-washed children!
Scene Two in the chapter is the story of the Good Samaritan. What a wonderful follow-up to the previous account of the seventy, lest we get too proud in thinking that we have the corner on the market of serving! the seventy did amazing things–the Samaritan chose that good part.
And then God, the Heavenly Author of this Wonderful Book, concludes the chapter with the story of Mary and Martha! I love these two women! I always find myself coming to Martha’s defense; however, Jesus’ final words in the chapter are certainly the capstones of the entire chapter:
But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
May you fill this entire holiday season with all those needful things, choosing that good part, and you will find that the joy, and understanding, and personal relationship with the God of the Universe and His Precious Son, shall not be taken away from YOU! Blessing to you all, and may your home and heart be filled with thankfulness!