Focussed - Danielle Hellyer

9th October 2020

‘As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”’

Luke 10:38-42 (NIV)

Last Christmas, Adam (my husband) bought me a puppy!  She is super cute, hyperactive and loves people.  We have noticed something about her though, as she has FOMO, i.e. Fear of Missing Out.  She really struggles to pay attention to one thing if she knows something else is going on around her.

If I walk outside to play with her, she comes to me wagging her tail really excited.  As soon as she hears our other dog doing something on the grass, she runs over to her.  Then I call her back and she comes running back to me.  This continues until there’s only one thing happening (either I go inside, or our other dog falls asleep).

This happens to us as humans.  So often we can’t concentrate on what God is calling us to do because we’re distracted by other things.  Mary chose to sit at the feet of Jesus, and Martha chose to make preparations.  Jesus told them that Mary chose what was better.  She was focused on one thing: Jesus.

One of the skills we teach students at school is to manage their distractions.  They cannot get the most out of learning time if they’re distracted by things that are not as important.

As Christians, we also need to get into the habit of managing things around us.  So many things try to distract us and take us away from the calling God has on our lives.

Life is short.  Stay focused on Jesus and what He has planned for your significant life.

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