Avoiding the Mundane

by Rob Dunne

300004_1020_A“But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”

Luke 10:42

Lately, I have been thinking a lot about the movie “Groundhog Day” where weatherman, Phil Connors travels to Punxsutawney, PA to cover the annual event. During his half-hearted report, a snow storm not only traps Phil and his crew in Punxsutawney overnight but also in an infinite time loop where every day is Groundhog Day.

Initially, Phil responds selfishly to his situation. Realizing the loop is never-ending, he becomes despondent. However, with the encouragement of his producer Rita, his life transforms as he betters himself, learns about the townspeople and selflessly helps others.

If we allow it, our lives can easily become infinite loops of mundane events just like Phil’s.

Martha did it.

She was all about the mundane – busily preparing dinner, setting the table, drowning under the weight of mundane details while her sister, Mary sat at Jesus’ feet. Martha lost sight of the lasting significance of  learning from the Master and demanded help in the mundane. “Tell her to help me,” Martha demanded of Jesus.

And Jesus answered, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42.

When we sit at the feet of our Master and listen to His Word, we grow in intimacy with Him. Through one-on-one encounter, we discover His character and are inspired to become more like Him. In time, we fall in love with the Bridegroom who does everything He can to win our affection. Over time, we become selfless and place the needs of others before ours.

Dear Jesus,

When we face the responsibilities of each day, help us choose spending time worshipping at your feet and growing in intimacy with you, first. Fill us with Your love so that we may share it with those in our sphere of influence. We thank You that Your love turns the ordinary into the extraordinary. Amen.

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