Luke 10:40-41 - But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, "Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me." 41 But the Lord answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things…
There are all types of distractions that can come into a person's life.
Mary was listening to the words of Jesus and Martha was preparing a meal for Jesus. Let me say it another way, Mary was focused on what Jesus was saying and Martha was focused on the fact that her sister was not helping her prepare the meal.
Mary was focused on what Jesus was teaching. Mary wasn't the least bit interested in eating, least ways not physical food. She was focused on what Jesus was saying.
Here are two noticeable signs someone has lost their focus. First, Martha was focused on what someone else was not doing. Second, Martha was irritable because her focus was in the wrong place.
If you are working with or coaching someone and you notice these two signs (loss of focus & irritability) in them. You need to speak with them like Jesus did with Martha. He told her she was worried and bothered about too many things. In other words she was not focused on the right thing.
You want to help that person focus on what is important. What is important is helping them improve themselves.
Ask them some questions like: What are you trying to accomplish today, next week, month or year? How are you planning on accomplishing your goals? How successful is your plan right now?
You want the person to focus on what he is doing not what others are not doing.
Life is about PRIORITIES. If you don't prioritize you will only make your life harder.
Martha hadn't chosen the one necessary thing. She chose to be distracted about something that would not really be beneficial to her. Her priorities were incorrect.
As Steven Covey said, "The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing."
That is all we have to do to overcome distractions "Keep the main thing the main thing."
Think on This:
What chance can a man have to control his destiny when he can't control himself?
Gary A. Serago
Minister of God's Word
Gary A Serago.