We have many responsibilities that are proper whether in family, work or community. Yet, when we fail to properly prioritize our activities what is good can get in the way of what is better. We allow ourselves to be distracted by what is good, missing out on what is better. In the end, there is one thing that underpins everything else: trying to personally live out the vision of a world based in justice, peace and love.
O God, help me to foster the vision of Jesus in all I do.
Am I usually distracted by things that are good in themselves?How can I be more disciplined in choosing a path that is better?
Jesus entered a village
where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him.
She had a sister named Mary
who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak.
Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said,
“Lord, do you not care
that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving?
Tell her to help me.”
The Lord said to her in reply,
“Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things.
There is need of only one thing.
Mary has chosen the better part
and it will not be taken from her.”
It is not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, ‘What are we busy about?’
Henry David Thoreau
There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do.
Remember that you have only one soul; that you have only one death to die; that you have only one life…If you do this, there will be many things about which you care nothing.
It is our choices… that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
J. K. Rowling
In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.
We must make the choices that enable us to fulfill the deepest capacities of our real selves.
As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.
Henry David Thoreau
The Christian is not one who has gone all the way with Christ. None of us has. The Christian is one who has found the right road.
Charles L. Allen