“…Martha welcomed him [Jesus] 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…” ESV Luke 10:38-40
A good many people adore Billy Graham and regard him as a stalwart of the Christian faith in modern times. Certainly nobody denies his tenacity in preaching. Even near the end of his public ministry, he was still filling stadiums around the globe for his evangelistic crusades.
Now 92, Reverend Graham has slowed down, stepped out of the public eye somewhat and I presume has had time to reflect on his life. He shared some reflections with Greta Van Susteren on Fox News back in December. One of his comments stood out in my mind as particularly noteworthy.
Greta asked Reverend Graham: “If you were to do things over again, would you do it differently?” The Reverend replied forcefully and without a moment’s hesitation: “Yes. I would study more, I would pray more, travel less, take less speaking engagements; I took too many of them in too many places around the world. If I had it to do over again, I’d spend more time in meditation and prayer and just telling the Lord how much I love him and adore him…”
Reverend Graham’s words are stuck in my head as I begin a new year. As is so often the case when we turn the page on our calendars from December to January, this is a year filled with new and renewed aspirations; a year of new hopes and desires; a busy and full year.
I wonder though, is our true joy and fulfillment often lost in business? This year, will the truly important things in my life be crowded out by urgent things? If I were to ask 100 of you what your top priorities in life were, I’d venture to guess that God, family, work and health would rank near the top with almost everyone. Do your daily activities match the order of priority of these important things?
Mary prioritized her activity and focused on that which was most important; sitting at the Lord’s feet. Looking back, even Billy Graham would have re-prioritized some of his activities to focus on the most important things. How about you?
Today, ask God to grant you the wisdom, energy and discipline to focus your activities on those things which are most important this year.