38 Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered her,“Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, 42 but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”
The only thing needed is Jesus.
Knowing Him …
Having a real-life, honest, intimate relationship with Him …
And striving everyday to be more like Him.
I am learning that it really doesn’t matter how hard I work, if the floors are swept, if the laundry has all been folded and put away, or if the toys have been picked up.
As Jesus told Martha “only one thing is needed.”
He is the only one thing.
He is the only way to true peace and contentment. The only real, lasting peace we will ever find comes from a relationship with Jesus.
And, through a real, intimate relationship with Him all other relationships in my life – especially those with my husband and my children – all become better.
There is a better way to live but it won’t be found in having a perfect house, perfect husband or a perfect child.
Those things simply do not exist. Unfortunately, no one is ever going to do the things just the way I want them all the time.
No one can live up to those impossible standards.
And sometimes those impossible standards we set for others begin with the impossible standards we set for ourselves.
There is no such thing as a perfect mom, perfect wife, perfect sister, perfect friend, perfect daughter, or perfect employee either.
But Jesus doesn’t expect perfection.
He sets no standards.
He just wants you.
Just as you are.
Imperfections and all.
And in Him you can find grace and forgiveness and mercy for yourself and then be able to extend those same things to others as well.
There is a better, easier, more fulfilling way to live.
A real, full, eternal life begins here on this earth, in this place as soon as we give up control and place our hearts in His hands.
Only He can ever get us anywhere near to perfection.
“because by one sacrifice He has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.”