December 02, 2014

"that good part"

(Jesus speaking) "...Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her."  - Luke 10:41-42

That good part

What is it?
Do you have it?
Do you utilize it regularly?
Is it about you?

and you
and me
and many others too
often worried
and troubled
about many things

For Martha,
it was about food preparation and serving
but it could easily be |
about financial woes

Jesus tells us
only one thing is needed.
and Mary
and some of us as well
have chosen that good part
which will not be taken away

That good part
always present
is our relationship
with Him - Jesus
our Savior and Lord
He will guide us
for every way
we should go 

Are you connected to Him?
He is the answer
to every moment
of  life
Whatever comes our way
reach out to the Lord
first and foremost
and go and do
where He alone directs

All the fixings
we think we have the power to accomplish
only weigh us down

Let the thoughts of your mind
stay on Jesus. 

So easy
it is
to be
swallowed up
by discouragement

Our mind, instead of focusing
on that which is good
and kind,
patient and faithful,
gentle, loving, joyful,
on that which is Jesus,
we travel down roads
that speak of stupidity
and foolishness

The devil looks
for ways to bring us down
and we fall prey to it

We look for easy fixes
We think we have all the answers
when in retrospect
it is God
who knows all
who has all
who is all 

He created us
not vice versa

It is easy
to take our focus off 
The One
who is everything we need
and all that we desire
and put it
on ourselves

The "Me" syndrome
is childish behavior
but it is not solely
a child's thinking
Adults are
just as much
into themselves
as children,
sometimes more so.

Children learn
from their parents
and other caregivers

As adults,
we stay stuck
Too hard
we often think
to get out from under,
so why bother
Let's just focus
on me

Why get into His Word,
Why pray
Why pay attention
to a better way shown,
has you believing
it is useless,
it is confusing,
it is too much work
to have a plan
and to stick to it

on that good part
is hard to do
Hard to stay there
day in and day out
Hard to start over
when mistakes
and errors in judgment
are made

Life is not easy
God never said it would be

What do you look for?

Is it
the Light of God's Son
rising and shining upon you?

is it
the cunning, deceiving ways
of Satan infiltrating
every part of your life
and darkening every corner, 
taking you places you
should never go?

There are blessings
to be had

By focusing on God
and Him alone,
The Way to go
will be clear

Satan's plan
is always
to keep you way
from that good aprt

Christians are not free
from poor choices
from the consequences
of those poor choices

Do you seek God's best,
God's blessings for you
do you settle for a whole lot less? 
(c) November 30 / December 2, 2014

Psalm 25: 1-21
"To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul, 

O my God, I trust in You; 
Let me not be ashamed;

Let not my enemies
triumph over me.
Indeed, let no one who 
waits on You be ashamed;
Let those be ashamed who 
deal treacherously without cause.
Show me Your ways, O Lord;

Teach me Your paths,
Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
For You are the God of my salvation;
On You I wait all the day.

Remember, O Lord, Your tender mercies
and Your lovingkindnesses,
For they have been from of old.
Do not remember the
sins of my youth, nor my transgressions;
According to Your mercy remember me,
For Your goodness' sake, O Lord.

Good and upright is the Lord;
Therefore He teaches
sinners in the way.
The humble He guides in justice,
And the humble He
teaches His way.
All the paths of the Lord
are mercy and truth,
To such as keep His covenant
and His testimonies.
For Your name's sake, O Lord,
Pardon my iniquity, for it is great.

Who is the man that fears the Lord?
Him shall He teach in the way He chooses.

He himself shall dwell in prosperity,
And his descendants shall
inherit the earth.
The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him,
And He will show them His covenant.
My eyes are ever toward the Lord,
For He shall pluck my feet out of the net.

Turn Yourself to me,
and have mercy on me,
For I am desolate and afflicted.
The troubles of my heart have enlarged;
Oh, bring me out of my distresses!
Look on my affliction and my pain,
And forgive all my sins.
Consider my enemies,
for they are many;
And they hate me with cruel hatred.
Oh, keep my soul, and deliver me;
Let me not be ashamed for I put my trust in You.
Let integrity and uprightness perseve me,
For I wait for You." 

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