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Oct 30, 2016

Spending Time

Photo Credit Deb Blankenship

Most of us don't think of time as being limited. If we did, chances are it would be spent in a much different way. Think about it. Consider your week or your month or your year. Where are you spending your time? There are studies that provide insights into the average amount of time you spend sleeping, using an electronic device and even waiting. It's quite surprising to learn that Americans spend about 5 hours a day in leisure time, half of which is spent in front of the T.V. However, only 9% of Americans spend any time each day in religious or spiritual activities. 

What about you? Are you spending time being drawn into the daily drama of our culture or the peace and grace of Christ? Do you have time set aside for watching your favorite reality show but spend no time in a daily appointment with the Living God? If you find yourself being worried, anxious, stressed and overwhelmed with the world, consider altering your day and spending more time with Jesus. You will find the difference to be incredibly positive.

Jesus provided us an important example of the nature and risk of being distracted away from Him. We are blessed to have had this account shared with us by Luke.

"As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary,who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”  “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42

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