Choose What Is Better

You ever get so busy with life, work, school, entertainment, friends, or whatever makes up your day, that you forget about making time for our Lord? I’m sure all of us have, and do, every now and again. All of the things that make up our day may not be bad in and of themselves, but we should never forget what is better. There is a story in Luke recounting when Jesus was at Martha and Mary’s house. Martha was doing housework while Mary was sitting at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. Martha gets upset with Mary for not helping her, then Jesus replies with these words in chapter 10 verses 41 and 42:

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Jesus was right in the room with them and Martha chose the distraction of her preparations, while Mary chose to sit at Jesus’ feet. Making preparations isn’t a bad thing. But like Mary, we need to remember to take time to spend with Jesus – especially if he were right there in the room with us. So, I encourage you to do what Mary did, and at least once in your day, choose what is better.


There are 24 hours in every day. We need to go to work or school, we need to sleep, we need to eat, and we need to spend time with Jesus. If we learn to prioritize that spending time with him is actually more important than eating our physical meals during the day, we may begin to do what Mary did. We may choose what is better. 24 hours seems to go by fast, but I would argue that if we prioritize by choosing what is better, which is spending time with Jesus, we’ll find that there is plenty of time left to get all of the other important stuff we need to accomplish done as well.