There are so many seemingly “good” things that exist all around us. As we pursue the various opportunities life brings, we have to be willing to hit the pause button occasionally and ask ourselves, “Am I settling for what’s good or am I pursuing what’s great?”
I could spend many blog posts trying to articulate the difference between what is good and what is great, but instead, I’ll just use a story from the life of Jesus found in Luke 10:38-42
As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said.40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
In this passage, we find Martha consumed by her pursuit of seemingly good activity, yet it’s Mary who is pursuing the greater opportunity. Notice Martha’s pursuit isn’t bad… it’s just not the most important.
As you think through your life right now, would you be more like Martha or Mary? You might be wondering how you can even tell the difference. Here are a three quick, intentional questions you that will help you wrestle through this question…
1- Are you pursuing the heart of Jesus? We only pursue the great things of this life when our hearts are in-tune with the GREAT ONE, Jesus. We have to spend time in His presence that is still, quiet, and open-handed. We can’t pray or read the Bible looking to validate our predetermined idea of greatness. Let Him teach you and let it start today!
2- How are your relationships? Greatness flows from a life that is intentionally connecting with and investing into others. Those who serve well will live great lives. Who in your life are you serving or could be serving? Spouse? Kids? Neighbor? Legacies are built through relationships, and this is part of the great work that God has placed in front of you. Cherish your relationships and work hard to make them great!
3- When was the last time you had fun? That’s right… plain, simple, fun! Your idea of fun might look completely different from mine, but I believe FUN is directly connected to greatness. If our lives are void of laughter, adventure, and creativity, we can easily find ourselves settling for status quo. Unplug for the mundane routine and have a some fun!
Don’t spend all your time doing a good thing that causes you to miss the great thing God wants to do in and through your life!