Carol Round on Distracted by Dust and Other Mundane Things

Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her”—Luke 10:38-42 (ESV).

Reaching for my Bible, I noticed dust coating the chairside table in my bedroom. It’s my sacred place, a place where I dedicate time to visit with God and study His Word each morning. That morning, however, I was distracted by dust.

My thoughts turned to other things needing cleaning. Mop the kitchen floor. Run the vacuum cleaner. Scrub the tub. The list was endless.

Glancing out the window beside me, I wondered when I’d last cleaned my windows. They were in desperate need of Windex, inside and out.

Distracted and Desperate

Reading the above, you might think I’m a terrible housekeeper. I’m not. I just finally got my priorities straight.

When I was younger, having a spotless house at all times was important to me. My floors were so clean you could’ve eaten off of them. When expecting visitors, I desperately scrubbed, dusted, polished, and vacuumed, even if everything was already pristine.

Where did I get this tendency to think everything had to be perfect at all times? I credit my mother, who instilled in my sister and me, a good work ethic. However, it became an obsession with me. I had to impress others. I was a people pleaser.

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SOURCE: Assist News