Journeys of Faithfulness, chapter 1: Where We Must Start

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I am most definitely a Martha.

You know the type. Bustling. Doing ten things at once. Bossy.

Sometimes it takes every ounce in me not to do something, even write a paper for class because I know it will lower my grade. I know I am driven, and if I'm honest, I secretly like it. It makes me feel like I am accomplishing something important as I flurry around. Sitting? That's for lazy people.


Unless it is an invitation to fellowship. If I'm sitting when I know I should be fulfilling a task that has been given to me, then yes, I am being irresponsible. But there are also times when the Lord has asked me to pull aside, to rest, to dwell in His presence, to sit at his feet.

As a mom, it is easy to get so wrapped up in what I need to do that it's hard sometimes to remember the end goal is ultimately ministry, not just completing a job. It's equally true even if you're not a mom. Sometimes our to-do list becomes more important than the people we seek to serve, especially the ones in our own homes.

The secret to keeping things in perspective? It's actually very simple though I'll be the first to admit it's hard to do. But when you really think about it, it makes the most sense in the world.

Ready? Here it is.

When life is at its busiest, when you really don't think you can stop for anything, when you are overwhelmed and up to your eyeballs--whether it be homework, chores, responsibilities, commitments--is to stop, drop, and…


Yep, that's it. That's all there is to it.

I can hear you now, so just say it. Go ahead, I won't judge you.

"Yeah, right."

Why is this the secret? May I share something with you? Something I have learned in the past, but still need to keep reminding myself of, over and over and over.

If I truly believe that my Heavenly Father created me, if I believe that His Son has laid down his life willingly to redeem and save me, if I believe that His Holy Spirit now dwells in me, wouldn't it make the most sense to find all I need in Him? All I dream of, all I hope for, all I seek to accomplish in His name--wouldn't it come best from Him? In order to make sense of our lives, I need to find out what He intended for me all along. In order to find the motivation to keep going day after day, I need to be reminded of the One who gave everything for me. In order to live out each day as a reflection of His character to the people around me, I need His Spirit to infuse my heart and strengthen my weak hands and feeble limbs.

I'll be the first to admit it's hard to find the time. Who doesn't? And the way our world is going, it really isn't going to get any easier.

It is really a choice.

A choice to trust Him when it makes absolutely no sense to stop. A choice to sacrifice your agenda so you can hear His. A choice to love Him more than yourself.

But if you learn this lesson when you are young and make an effort to establish this habit in your youth, you will be miles ahead of the rest of us who are knee-deep in the frazzle of life and struggle to make it a priority.

Let me close with a quote from this chapter. The emphases are mine:

“As we begin this study, as we set out with souls hungry to know and serve God, let us begin by dwelling in love. Let us sit at the feet of the One whose heart holds all beauty, whose love created every kindness in this world. This is where we must start. This is where we fill ourselves with grace for the journey we have just begun. We start not by walking, but by basking in the great love of Jesus.” 

They say that "a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."

What's yours?

If you're using this book in a discipleship context, consider discussing the following questions:

  • What have you learned about the love of God in your journey with Him?
  • How do you work in Mary moments in your day?
  • What have you learned or discovered about making time?
  • Select a passage to read together, utilizing lectio divina. Discuss any insights you discover.