Our Bible verse for today: “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 10:41-42 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Slow down and savor the love”
In his book, “The Attentive Life: Discerning God’s Presence in All Things” author Leighton Ford tells the true story of author Larry McMurtry (best known for his book “Lonesome Dove”). Larry spent decades of his life on the road driving laps around America and writing about his adventures. Larry’s father on the other hand, seldom ever left his farm in a little town in Texas. He never wanted to. He loved his town and he loved his life. He was happy and content right where he was. Reflecting on the difference in their lives Larry once said, “I have looked at many places quickly. My father looked at one place deeply.”
Many years ago there was a hit song by the country music group Alabama entitled “I’m in a hurry (and I don’t know why)”. Part of it went like this:
“I’m in a hurry to get things done, Oh I rush and rush until life’s no fun.
All I really gotta do is live and die, but I’m in a hurry and I don’t know why.”
In recent days we’ve been considering the use of our time as an expression of love. We’ve learned that giving people some of our time can be an act of love, and that giving them focused time and attention is especially meaningful. We’ve also learned that the choices we make about how to use our time tell the real story about the things and people that are truly important to us.
But in order to really embrace, appreciate, and enjoy love, we have to slow down and savor it. That’s true for our time with God, and for our time with other people. That’s precisely the lesson Jesus was teaching to Martha (and to us) in Luke 10:38-42. Martha was rushing and rushing until life was no fun, when what she really needed to do was to sit down next to Martha and savor her time with Jesus.
Love, as with all the best things in life, is best embraced and enjoyed through patient, attentive focus. I encourage you to slow down and savor the love. Linger there. Enjoy it.