Chaplain’s Corner

Larry Williamson

Battling Distractions June 2015
Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken from her. Luke 10:42
Every day I drove the same highway to and from Nestlé’s, and every day I saw alarming number of distracted drivers. Usually they’re talking on the phone or texting, but I have also seen people reading the newspaper, putting on makeup, and even eating a bowl of cereal while trying to maneuver a car at 65+ miles per hour! In some circumstances, distractions are fleeting and harmless. In a moving vehicle, they can kill.
Sometimes distractions can be a problem in our relationship with God. In fact, that was the concern Jesus had for his friend Martha. She “was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made” for a meal when she complained to Jesus about her sister Mary’s lack of help,
Jesus told her, “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.”
Martha’s distractions were well intentioned. But she was missing the opportunity to listen to Jesus and enjoy His presence. He is deserving of our deepest devotion, and He alone can fully enable us to overcome any of life’s distractions.