One Thing Is Essential

Well, it’s that time of the year.

We’re either extremely overwhelmed with the to-do lists, the shopping, the shoveling (Hello! We live in Minnesota!), the commitments, the coughs, and all the stuff…


We are talking about being overwhelmed with the to-do lists, the shopping, the shopping, the commitments, the coughs, and all the stuff.

You think we would have learned last year, right?

We can’t do everything. Not everything needs to be done.

Most of us aren’t going to completely ignore all the things that make Christmas special. We won’t crawl under the blankets and come out on December 26th. We will create the lists, buy the gifts, do the shopping, decorate until the garland is gone, and make a last-minute run to the store for the lefse.


We can make sure that in all the busyness we create space for the One Thing That is Essential.

We can make sure that the extra stuff doesn’t take the place of The One We Are Celebrating.

We can make sure that we invite Jesus into all of it.

I read these verses today (from The Message – paraphrase by Eugene Peterson) …

“As they [Jesus and the disciples] continued their travel, Jesus entered a village. A woman by the name of Martha welcomed him and made him feel quite at home. She had a sister, Mary, who sat before the Master, hanging on every word he said. But Martha was pulled away by all she had to do in the kitchen. Later, she stepped in, interrupting them. ‘Master, don’t you care that my sister has abandoned the kitchen to me? Tell her to lend me a hand.’ The Master said, ‘Martha, dear Martha, you’re fussing far too much and getting yourself worked up over nothing. One thing only is essential, and Mary has chosen it – it’s the main course, and it won’t be taken from her.’”
(Luke 10:38-42)

Oh, friend, can’t you just hear the edge in Martha’s voice as she stands whining in her overwhelm? Ooftah.

In one of my very favorite books ever, Nancy Leigh DeMoss wrote,

“It is as if Jesus were saying, ‘Martha, there are so many things on your mind, so many items on your to do list. There’s nothing wrong with you wanting to serve us dinner. The problem is that you have allowed your to do list to pull you apart and to distract you from the only thing in this world that really matters – knowing Me, listening to Me, having a relationship with Me. That is the only thing that is absolutely essential. If you don’t get anything else done on your list, don’t miss that one thing!’”

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Today. Tomorrow. Next week. Christmas Day.
Let’s create moments and memories that celebrate our faith, family, and love…
Without missing out on The One Thing that is Essential. Our relationship with Jesus.

Meet with Him. Tell him about your to-do list. Tell Him you love Him.

He is Essential.

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