Distractions (23rd September)

‘These are evil times, so make every minute count’, said Paul in his letter to the Ephesians.  Well, he’s surely right to warn us not to waste our time on pointless or even on bad things.  But do you sometimes feel under pressure with too many good and important things to do, so you don’t know what to do first?   Distractions - skipping

You start one thing, but worries about all the other things you need to do keep distracting you.  So, this week, we played some games where you have to try to do more than one thing at a time.We got quite exhausted, so then we had a break, cooked some crumpets, and ate them and chatted together.

Probably one of Jesus’ favourite places to rest and recover was the home of Martha, Mary and their brother Lazarus at Bethany, just outside Jerusalem. Distractions - crumpets There was always a welcome, good food and good company.  But one day Martha was upset because she was rushing round preparing everything – quite a meal – and Mary was just sitting with Jesus, listening to him.  It wasn’t fair!

Surprisingly, Jesus didn’t take her side.  He said, “Martha, Martha! You are worried and upset about so many things, but only one thing is necessary.  Mary has chosen what is best, and it will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:41)

How can we keep our lives simpler so we can give time to being with other people?  Do we sometimes fit in so many things – all good in themselves – that we are not really there for our friends and neighbours? 

And do we make enough time to just be with and listen to Jesus? – recognising and receiving the ‘treasure’ of his love;  letting the ‘yeast’ of his Spirit ferment slowly in us and in our lives.  We sang:

‘Jesus, your Spirit in us is a wellspring of bubbling water’

What do you think would be good activities for Pathfinders to do this year

  • for fun?
  • for spending good time together?
  • to contribute to our church and community?

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