How We Miss the Best for What is Merely Good

He said to them, “You come apart into a deserted place, and rest awhile.” For there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.

Mark 6:31 WEB

Doesn’t that sound like our modern world? So much calls for our time and attention. Work, family, church, school, and activities. And then if we add the social media, emails, and all the rest… 

It’s no wonder we often feel soul weary, burdened, and joyless! For like Martha, we miss out on the best things for that those that are merely good. (Or sometimes not even truly good.) And like her, fret in a joyless fume!

Jesus answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is needed. Mary has chosen the good part, which will not be taken away from her.

Luke 10:41-42 WEB

Have you, like Martha, been missing what’s really important?

  • Do you feel you don’t know God’s Word as well as you should?
  • Do you feel you’ve only touched the tip of the iceberg in getting to know him?
  • Do you feel dry and parched on the inside?
  • That too often you fail to heed his gentle call to get with him in a quiet place?

Christ called his disciples to himself, he didn’t send them off alone. For it is only in his presence and learning from him that we find true rest for our souls. Come away WITH ME he’s saying. Like Mary, sit at my feet and learn of me.

How we miss the best for what is merely good.

1. We think Bible study and prayer are too hard.

And they are hard. They take discipline, dedication, and determination. Just like going to work everyday or cleaning our house. Good and excellent things we choose to do because we want to reap the benefits.

So let’s keep our eyes on the benefits of prayer and Bible study. Sure they’re work – but so worth the effort. And the only way to really start growing in our walk.

2. We’re afraid of failing – again.

We’ve tried over and over to be regular in prayer, Bible reading and study – only to keep failing. So we give up. We read the daily calendar verse while eating breakfast, and say a quick prayer while driving to work. Both good things to do. But not enough if we really want to grow.

First, remember that you are not alone in your failure. David failed in his walk with God. And so did Moses and Peter. But the Lord didn’t let them give up. And he’s right there with you too – wanting you to succeed. So keep trying!

3. We lack discipline.

What it often boils down is that there are so many other things we’d rather do with our limited time. And so we choose those often truly good things, thinking to read and pray later. Until little by little time runs out. And we find ourselves with another day gone by with no (or little) prayer or reading.

Isn’t that what Martha was doing? Cooking and cleaning, fussing to make everything just so. She had chosen GOOD things. Preparing a nice meal, caring for her family, and tending to her guests. But she was missing out on the BEST.

Let’s heed Christ’s call to get away with him.

In this noisy society constantly clamoring for our time and attention, let’s push it all to the side. Delay the instant messages, turn off the push notifications, and ignore the likes, shares, and comments for awhile. To answer that one most important call – to know him through his word and in prayer.

And THEN we can get up and serve, but from a place of strength and rest.

We live among burdened, troubled people longing for rest. And they need us to serve them. But if we serve without first spending time with the Lord, we risk being nervous, fretful, and critical like Martha.

The Lord is calling. Let’s pause and get away with him in our own quiet place.

Come to me all you labor and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you will find rest for your souls.

Matthew 11:28-29 WEB

IMAGES: Shore by Free-Photos. | Mary & Martha by Lumo Project from; all rights reserved, educational use only. | Girl walking by pixource.

By Signora Sheila

I am a wife, mom, nonna, blogger, and missionary in Italy. But really, I'm just an ordinary woman on a journey, trying to slow down enough to hear the still small voice of God and live for all that is truly important in this world.

6 replies on “How We Miss the Best for What is Merely Good”

AMEN!! I love this post so much. You could not have written it more beautifully.

Nothing is more amazing and life changing than quietly sitting in the presence of God, whether soaking music is playing or nothing at all. Just simply being His. There is a refreshing and a stirring that God brings to our hearts and minds, a restoration of life He breathes. It’s nothing shy of miraculous each time we are simply with our Creator.

Thank you for reminding us all that the noise of this brief life is nothing more than a distraction from what truly matters. Amen. God bless you, dear sis.


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