Seize the Moment – Day 63

Soul Care!

Luke 10


Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Tuesday, May 19.


You have heard it said, put on your own oxygen mask first. This illustration comes from air travel for people traveling with a child. The point is that if you are impaired or unconscious from a lack of oxygen, you can’t help someone else.


How do you keep first things first in your life? More pointedly, how is it with your soul?


As a culture of Martha’s, we are an anxious people who want to get busy again. It’s understandable, but I wonder how many people actually stopped long enough inside their own heads and hearts to learn what Jesus was trying to communicate. In Luke 10:38-42, Jesus responded to Martha’s complaint about Mary who had actually stopped all her busyness to sit at the feet of Jesus and reflect upon His presence and teachings.


Listen to Jesus’ answer in verses 41-42, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”


Our culture’s anxiety is most visible in the way people communicate to one another and about one another, and how miserably-happy people seem to be to be “worried and upset about many things.” It’s almost like if we aren’t worried and upset about something, then we think something is really wrong. At the heart of it all, our souls are sick because they are weary and heavy-burdened by many things.


Well my fellow Martha’s, what is paying the steepest price of our soul sickness is our relationships—with God and one another! I’m putting on my own oxygen mask because who of us really wants to live their lives “worried and upset about many things”?


Seize the moment and stop to sit at Jesus’ feet today. Jesus gives you a choice.


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