I can’t do it all

The blogsphere’s most quoted pastor, Gordon Atkinson, aka, “Real Live Preacher” , said this:

“These things are clear to me.
You can’t know everything you’d like to know.
You can’t do everything you’d like to do.
You can’t read everything you’d like to read.
You must hold onto some things and let go of others. Learning to make that choice is one of the big lessons of this life.”

Who does he think he is? Doesn’t Gordon know that I must scramble and hustle and try to squeeze it all in. After all, the more I read, the more I know and the more I do, the better I feel. And certainly God takes notice, right? Every magazine I get, every book I buy, every email I’m sent just must be read. Every relationship needs to be nurtured. Every project I’m asked to participate in, I must follow through.

After all, the world is counting on me.

But then the Red Letters of Jesus poke a hole in this faulty logic retold in Luke 10:38-42.

Mary sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to Him speak. Meanwhile, Martha was “distracted by her many tasks.” She was more than annoyed and complained, “Don’t you care, Jesus? Don’t you care that I’m busy and she isn’t? Tell her to help out!”

Jesus wasn’t impressed by the whirlwind of good deeds that Martha was performing. In fact he lauded Mary as having “chosen the better way — a way that will not be taken away from her.”

Look at your life. What about home, school and work. What things do you need to hold onto? What things do you need to let go? Comment here.

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2 Responses to I can’t do it all

  1. Anonymous says:

    This is a good point and a good lesson. When we seek first the Kingdom and His righteousness, what gets left undone?

    I know many who testify that they are too busy to have private time with God through prayer and bible reading.

    Dear Lord, that all the brethren would seek the Kingdom first!

  2. Elizabeth Mahlou says:

    In 2000, we gave away all our possessions (actually, sold perhaps 10%, but our kids got to select first anything they wanted, and the things that did not sell were given to a neighbor to ship to the Philippines to people who needed any kind of help available) and moved into an RV on an isolated river, ostensibly to photograph (Donnie, my husband) and write and consult (me). My consulting led to a full-time job offer in the Middle East for me and Donnie, and off we went, leaving behind our children. Not just any children, mind you. These were special kids: of the seven children, two were still in college, two had spina bifida, one had CHARGE Syndrome plus mental retardation and 11 other birth defects. The other two were doing fine in their careers, but one had a son with a malfunctioning kidney that required five operations during the first year of his life. Certainly, we were essential as the core of this family. We should not even have contemplated the job offers (which were not THAT stellar). However, we wanted to know how our children, with all their problems, would fare after we die since that is the most likely scenario awaiting us. So, we gave away our RV and moved a half-world away. Of course, we could be reached by phone, and in a real crisis we could come back home to help. However, in three years, we received no calls and no cries to come back. The kids pitched in and helped each other. It has to be the most heartwarming experience and greatest relief to know that even if you are leaving behind offspring with multiple challenges, they will be up to it!

    Moreover, we stopped being busy in the Middle East. There everyone prays five times a day; it is mandatory. And so, we also had enforced quiet time.

    The bottom line? Nothing important was left undone because, as we learned, much of what we had been doing was not really necessary!

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