Details. Details. Details.

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It’s after Labor Day, and the sweet summer rhythms have once again turned toward fall busyness.  Most vacations have come and gone, and it’s Details!  Details! Details!  We all have details that need our care and attention.  And yet, details can bog us down and we can spend a whole lot of time and energy in ways that leave us empty without any time to replenish.  If we don’t replenish, we quickly become stress-filled people and stress-spewing people.  Learning to live in balance that is mindful of our details and responsibilities, but also plans for the “detail” of replenishment doesn’t just magically happen.  It takes a lot of effort and being intentional; choosing something that is better.
 
There is a story in the Bible that I go back to often.  Jesus is visiting a home and there are two sisters, Mary and Martha.  Martha is so worried about all the details, getting everything ready because Jesus is staying with them! There are beds to be made and food to be prepared; all kinds of
details, details details that need to be attended to.  And there sits her sister Mary, at Jesus’ feet, seemingly doing nothing. Mary is “just” listening to him.  She is “just” learning from him.  Martha is angry and wants Jesus to make Mary get up and help attend to the details.  And Jesus says to her, “You are worried and upset about many things, Mary has chosen what is better.”
 

Are the details in our lives causing us to be worried and upset? Are we easily angered with other people? Are we choosing what is better?

Being with Jesus is what is better.  How we go about this will look different for each one of us.  It will also change as we are in different seasons.  But truly, it’s what we all need daily, in every season we find ourselves in.  We bathe daily, we eat daily, we work daily, we have so many details that we attend to. We need Jesus daily. 

This is not a onetime rhythm we take care of and then forever after it just happens.  It’s being intentional every single day.  Choosing to be replenished with Jesus and all he has for us will enable us to take care of all of the details that swirl around us with more peace and grace and wisdom. Our details and responsibilities may not change at all, but the way we deal with them and our attitude toward them and the people around us can be the change that we are desperate for!  This is the rhythm I want to live in.  We have only to ask Jesus to help us choose what is better and to show us how to spend time with Him daily.  There is no doubt in my mind, this is what he longs for with each one of us.


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