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What two things did Jesus say mattered most?
An expert in religious law asked Jesus a question:
Matthew 22:36 NLT
“Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?”
The question was actually an attempt to trap Jesus—because religious experts could not agree and promoted all kinds of answers.
Matthew 22:37-
Matthew 22:37–40 NLT
Jesus replied, “ ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”
Jesus identified relationships—our relationship with God and our relationships with others—as the most important things of life.
When it comes to our relationships with others, the most important relationships center on our marriages and our families.
Today we launch a five-part series on engaging in God-honoring relationships, taking a look at kids, those that are not married, dads, and how the church fits into all of this. But, first, we will take a look at moms (it makes sense—today is Mothers’ Day).
Angela, you are a mom four times over. Give me three or four things you enjoy about being a mom.
Pouring your life into a child.
When my children pour their life into me.
Laying foundation for a lifetime of friendship with my kids.
What are three or four things that are a challenge in being a mom?
Washing and folding socks.
I’m tired—difficult to find time to recharge.
The schedule (things to do) becomes overwhelming.
Battling against the culture that adversely affects my children.
When my children hurt, I hurt.
It seems that many moms are busy and tired—they are near the breaking point. Marriages are under stress. Kids are under stress. Everyone is under stress. Something needs to happen.
Luke 10:38–42 NLT
As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.” But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Luke 10:38-42
These two women approached life in two different ways:
Mary: Made time for Jesus - at peace.
Martha: Busy with work - worried and upset.
In this passage of Scripture, God gives to us an approach to life that offers a solution to the busy and the tired.

Build Margin in Your Life

Let’s take a look at how we can set the margins in our life—giving us time and space to grow and thrive.

Set you and God time.

Jesus modeled this often. He would get away from the crowd, and even his disciples—and go to a place where it was just him and the Father.
Mary prioritized Jesus in her life.
We need regular retreat time with God. This is the most important margin in your life—but, it is also the most vulnerable to be sacrificed because of the busyness in our lives.
No distractions (put the phone in a different room, and place it on silence).

It’s ok to say “no.”

Martha wanted Mary to help her with all of the stuff. But Mary was secure enough to maintain her margin.
So many of us want to please people—and it is so hard to say “no” to their requests.
Set boundaries. (use women’s conference illustration)
Know what you can do and what you can’t do.
Make sure this is God-led (rather than spiritual laziness).

Take Time to Rest and Recover

Gen 2:1-
Genesis 2:1–3 NLT
So the creation of the heavens and the earth and everything in them was completed. On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when he rested from all his work of creation.
If the omnipotent, all-powerful God of the universe rested, should His finite creation follow suit?
Martha was so busy she was worried and upset—it was not just affecting her, but everyone around her.
God created us for the need to rest and recover—if not we will stress out, burn out, and freak out.
Every week, take a day off!
Find an activity to do that is fun and does not require much mental stimulation.
Turn off the phone, the TV, and the internet.
Take an annual vacation.
1 Pet 5:7
1 Peter 5:6–7 ESV
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
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