Have you ever encountered someone whose presence was so inspiring, impactful, and influential that you were simply captivated? You know the person with that extraordinary spirit. The one who leaves an indelible mark on our hearts.

In the book of Luke, five short verses depict such a person — Jesus. These verses involve two sisters whose contrasting responses to Jesus teach us valuable lessons. Their story inspires us to keep the main thing, which is Jesus, at the center of our lives amidst the busyness of our culture.

  1. Choosing the Better Thing:

Luke 10:38-42 recounts Jesus’ visit to the home of Martha and Mary. While Martha busies herself with serving and attending to the tasks at hand, Mary chooses to sit at Jesus’ feet, listening to His teachings. Martha becomes overwhelmed by her sister’s lack of assistance and expresses her concern to Jesus. However, Jesus gently admonishes Martha, highlighting that Mary has chosen what is better.

Our lives are often filled with to-do lists, responsibilities, and pressures. Our loud culture coupled with endless tasks create the perfect formula for missing out on the divine moments of inspiration that God has in store for us. Jesus calls us to embrace the better thing — devoting ourselves to Him and cultivating a deep relationship with Him.

Devoting ourselves to Him and cultivating a deep relationship with Him…there is something just peaceful and delightful in that.

  1. Nurturing Inspiration:

Peaceful and delightful doesn’t necessarily mean easy. Nurturing inspiration takes some intentionality. Here are three ideas to keep the main thing the main thing:

a. Develop a Rhythm of Daily Scripture Engagement: Establishing a rhythm of spending time in God’s Word daily is essential. Whether it is a few minutes or a few hours, prioritize opening a physical copy of the Bible and allow the words to speak to your heart. In these moments, we can encounter God’s truth and find inspiration. Delight in the passages that jump off the page and allow them to shape your perspective, actions, and priorities. (Read Psalm 119…that author certainly delights in God’s Word!)

b. Embrace Creativity as a Reflection of God’s Image: As followers of Christ, we are created in the image of a creative God. Despite our doubts about our own creativity, God’s Word affirms that each of us possesses unique creative abilities. Find time to engage in creative pursuits that glorify God. By engaging in creative endeavors, we open ourselves up to inspiration and allow God to speak to us through the process.

c. Connect with Other Believers: Surrounding ourselves with like-minded believers who share the desire to keep the main thing the main thing is crucial. When we connect with others, we find encouragement, accountability, and inspiration. You can connect with Proverbs3Three on Facebook and Instagram.

Additionally, communities like Bible Journaling Ministries and their Momentum program provide resources and a supportive environment for diving deeper into God’s Word, exploring creativity, and fostering meaningful connections with other believers. The art on this blog post is from their Mary to Martha devotion and printable.

In a world that constantly bombards us with distractions, responsibilities, and pressures, it is vital for Christ followers to keep the main thing, Jesus, at the forefront of our lives. The story of Mary and Martha reminds us of the importance of choosing the better thing and prioritizing our relationship with Jesus above all else. By developing a rhythm of daily engagement with God’s Word, embracing our creativity as a reflection of God’s image, and connecting with fellow believers, we can nurture inspiration and ensure that Jesus remains the central focus of our lives.

May we be inspired by Mary’s example of choosing the better thing and find the strength and courage to keep the main thing the main thing, even amidst the challenges and distractions of our modern world. Let us embark on this journey together, supporting and encouraging one another as we seek to prioritize Jesus in every aspect of our lives.

Here is a quick snapshot of a journaling page I created using a printable from Momentum as I reflected on the text from Luke 10:38-42:

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ESV Single Column Journaling Bible

Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pen

Le Pen Flex

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