Doing Vs. Loving

I’m a doer not a lover. Yeah I know, it sounds like a cheesy lyric from a love song written in the 1970’s, the kind of song that shows up on Time Life Compilation CD’s. But unfortunately this statement is often true of my own life.

As I’ve continued reading Getting Things Done, I’ve realized that I often focus more on what I’m doing for God instead of how deeply I love God. If you’re a Christian, you probably have a list of ways that you serve the Lord. Overseeing insane three-years olds in your church children’s ministry, leading a small group, maintaining a website, blogging, visiting the elderly, you know the things I’m talking about. But God isn’t primarily concerned with how much stuff we’re doing in His name. He’s much more concerned about the intensity of our love for Him.

The story of Mary and Martha is a wonderful example of this truth. Martha was serving like a mad-woman, scurrying about the house in an effort to put on the perfect meal for Jesus. Mary on the other hand was hanging out at Jesus’ feet, delighting in every word that came from His lips. When Martha complained to Jesus about Mary’s apparent lack of service, Jesus actually rebuffed her. He reminded her that loving the Lord is infinitely more important than doing things for the Lord.

Are you a Mary or a Martha? Do you take greater delight in spending time with the Lord or doing things for the Lord. I want to be like Mary.

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Stephen Altrogge

I'm a husband, dad, writer, & Mixed Martial Arts Salsa Dancing Champion. I created The Blazing Center. I've also written some books which people seem to like. You can follow me on Twitter and Facebook

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