They came to me out of nowhere this morning.
They were familiar and I wondered where they came from and why they had suddenly popped into my mind, so I Googled them to see if they could be attributed to anyone in particular. I found them credited to Reverend Run, Dolly Parton, and the ever-popular, Anonymous. (If you know the real source of them, please let me know.)
“Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.”
I am busy, it’s true. Sometimes I know that I get too caught up in doing but I’ve been consciously trying not to do that this year. So, I’ve been enjoying spending more time in the kitchen trying new recipes and I’ve found a sense of fulfillment in gardening. (Check out my gardening blog to see how I’ve been spending my time recently.)
Ah, but perhaps these home-focused pursuits run the risk of becoming all-consuming as well.
Perhaps these fourteen words were reminding me that I need to be more of a Mary than a Martha.
Perhaps these fourteen words were pointing me to seventeen other words:
“You are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one.” Luke 10:41
Or maybe fifteen other words:
“Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41
Do you ever find yourself in the role of a human doing instead of a human being? Surely, I can’t be the only one. How do you maintain that balance, that focus on what is worthy of your attention?