By Ralph and Elizabeth Pyskowski
Even during the jolly holiday season, stress and tension can get the best of us. We worry about finding the best Christmas gift, pleasing our guest at the party, baking the most delicious cake, or keeping the family together. Our expectations during this special time may differ from others, creating conflicts among relatives. Unforeseen circumstances always surprise us and distractions will steal our attention. The monthly bank statement can also be a drag as most have to do more with less. In spite of the issues, the treasured holiday offers the greatest moments if we keep our focus.
A more peaceful perspective is offered in Luke 10:39-42: “And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her. Martha was caught up in a tornado of issues and complained that Mary did not join her.
Although she had the best of intentions, she was distracted by her troubles and missed what was most important. Mary sat at the feet of Jesus, listened to his voice, and enjoyed his presence. As a result, she was peaceful and found a place of rest. Shouldn’t the holidays be more refreshing? Maybe we all need to cut out things that are less important and spend time more wisely.
Looking at this story it is apparent that God does not want us troubled about everything. In fact, his word writes about a rest that we can find in his presence. If we want to know the peace and joy of Christmas, we must first know the Christ of Christmas. Realizing why Jesus came is a life-changing revelation that will transform you and your family. Not only did he come to die for our sins but also that we could be reconciled to God.
He wants to have a relationship with us and allow us to know him personally. By knowing him and keeping our thoughts centered on his word, we can be assured of his promises. That he will take care of our needs and work out our problems according to his plan. Learn from the wisdom of Mary during the holidays. Take some time away from the busyness of life and give your time to the best parts of the season.
(Ralph & Elizabeth Pyszkowski, Your Brother & Sister In Christ. All comments are welcomed at [email protected])