“But the Lord said to her, ‘My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her’” (Luke 10:41-42, NLT).

Much has been written about Mary and Martha. Some even go so far as to criticize Martha for attending to the dinner and complaining to Jesus about Mary ignoring her need for help. But this verse reveals more about Jesus than the women—he used a term of endearment when speaking to Martha and acknowledged her feelings of frustration. He was gentle and caring, not harsh and critical.

It’s easy to get distracted by the many responsibilities in life and from time to time, we all need reminders about our priorities. Instead of barking at us to get back in line, Jesus gently reminds us about what is most important, that he is the center of our lives and our focus should be on him.

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