When was the last time you picked up the phone and called an old friend? Or sent your mother a card? When was the last time you went on a date with your spouse? Or did something your spouse wanted to do with a cheerful attitude? When was the last time you came home early to spend time with your children? Life is busy - filled with responsibilities, chores, and tasks, but at the end of the day what is it that really matters the most? When we arrive at the end of our lives and look back at our efforts, what will we have to show for the time that we spent? What priorities took precedence?
THE MAIN PRIORITY
It is so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day tasks that we often neglect the important relationships around us. We put our work in front of our children and our children's extracurricular activities in front of our spouse - all in the name of trying to do good things. We get caught up in the pressure - thinking everything around us is more important than our relationships. Or, we believe there will be time to invest in the important relationships as soon as the tasks are done. But they are never really done, are they? We put our relationships on hold to accomplish our goals and other priorities, but at the end of the day, our relationship with others should be most important! Those are the things that will have an eternally lasting value! Where in the Bible does it teach us that we need to have the fastest car, the biggest house, or the biggest salary? Or for those of us who aren’t quite as demanding, where does the Bible say that we have to even have a car, a house, or extra money? Having nice things is not bad, but they are not listed in the Bible as main priorities. There are, however, countless stories of relationships and people investing in others. Moses poured into Joshua. The high priest, Eli, invested in the prophet Samuel. Lois and Eunice invested in Timothy’s spiritual development. And we can’t forget how Jesus’ whole ministry was drenched in discipleship and teaching. Throughout the Bible, we see numerous stories focusing on the priority of relationships.
MARY AND MARTHA
While they were traveling, He entered a village, and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who also sat at the Lord’s feet and was listening to what He said. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks, and she came up and asked, “Lord, don’t You care that my sister has left me to serve alone? So tell her to give me a hand.” The Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has made the right choice, and it will not be taken away from her.” - Luke 10:38-42 (HCSB)