Our “To-Do List” & Intentionally Discovering “Listening” While On-The-Go~Read Together from The Gospel of Luke 10:38-42, June 5, 2022

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The story of Mary and Martha is found, not only in the Luke reading but also in other readings in the Gospels including John 11:1-44 and John 12:1-11.  The close relationship between Jesus and this family is well recorded.

The preparations were underway for the Feast of the Tabernacles when Jesus and his disciples stopped to visit his friends.  The everyday life was very busy for households then, just as they are today.  They had to draw water, grind grain, make tents, make clothes, and manage many jobs.  Mary and Martha were busy with these chores and others when their guests arrived.  When Mary stopped working to listen to Jesus, Martha was infuriated.  She was full of busyness while Mary was sitting at the feet of Jesus.  Which one of these women had their priorities on their “to-do-list” in order?  Both actions were important, and a balencing act would have been helpful.

How can we intentionally take time to sit at Jesus’ feet, listen and have conversation about our faith journey?  I keep thinking that Martha could have participated in the listening activity “on-the-go” while going about her busyness. But instead, her negative attitude got in the way.

Sometimes it must be a balencing act that needs to be intentionally created in our daily rhythms.  Keeping Jesus as the main focus and viewing our daily habits, on-the-go,  through His eyes with a “Jesus-Mindset” is the key.

Mary “discovered” the important things to be concerned about.  In other words, discovering ways to look for Jesus and listen to Jesus in our daily lives including our messes and in the middle of busy schedules should always be on our “to-do-list”.

Read:  Luke 10:38-42 from the New Living Translation or a Children’s Bible such as Celebrate Wonder Bible Storybook, pages 224-225.

Cultivate Faith Talk (Preschool-Early Elementary)

  1.  I wonder how you listen to God?
  2. If you could spend time with Jesus, I wonder what would you do together?
  3. I wonder if you think Mary was lazy?

Cultivate Faith Talk (Elementary and Older)

  1.  I wonder what is most important about this scripture passage?
  2. I wonder what we can learn from this story and from experiencing faith-on-the-go in our lives?
  3. I wonder what you want to remember about this story?
  4. I wonder what surprised you the most?
  5. I wonder how we can cut down on our busyness in our lives to spend time with God and family?
  6. I wonder what this verse means:  “Be still and know that I am God”, Psalm 46:10a

Ideas for Faith-On-The-Go This Week-Let’s Notice and Experience (All Ages)

  • On a walk around your yard or on a trail, look for rocks and think about which ones are easy to move.  Why are they easy to move?  Talk about how our schedules get too busy and it’s hard to “move” our heavy burdens of busyness out of the way and make space for Jesus.  Listen carefully to each other.  Wow, we are making space for Jesus right now while on our walk!
  • While riding in the car, listen to Christian music instead of another station.
  • While riding in the car, listen and watch this story on youtube.  Story of Mary and Martha in Luke, Chapter 10
  • Play the “Quiet Game” for 10 minutes while outside in the yard or on the porch.  How many different sounds do you hear and sights do you see?  The first person to talk is a “Martha” and gets drinks and snacks for everyone.  (Have these easily reachable for your youngest kiddo)
  • On another day, listen for 5 minutes and count how many different sounds you hear outside or how many different bird’s songs you hear.

Prayer:  Dear Jesus, help us to look, discover and listen for your Holy presence in our lives, and our habits and messes in our households. Amen.

Blessings:

Place your hand on your children’s shoulders and give them a special blessing in the morning, at night or when running out the door.

Love you and bless you in the name of Jesus…He knows and loves you.  May He watch over you and keep you safe.

May God give you good rest and keep you in His loving arms each day and night.

 

Scripture:  “Be still and know that I am God” Psalm 46:10a (NIV)

Here’s a song for adults and older children and youth:

Song, “I Will Listen” by Twila Paris

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