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The Good Part

Scripture: Luke 10:38-42

My kids have reached the age of awareness of dessert size.  If you know, you know.  This means there is almost always a discussion or argument on the size of each child’s dessert and who had “the better half.”  Sometimes, Abby and I will have to take a second look and trim one person’s dessert to be fair and equal.  Ah, kids…

I remember being so concerned about how much my sister got and if it was fair or not.  I think everyone goes through that phase as kids.  I was thinking about this reality the other day, preparing for the sermon this week, and wondered—why don’t we do that as adults?  Not with dessert, but with life?  Adults often do try to get the bigger slice of the pie in the workplace or social world, but what if our idea of “the better half” wasn’t really better?  What if there was more meaning and more important things out there that we miss?

Our sermon this week tells the story of a young woman who chose “the better half” or, in Jesus’ words, “the better part.”  What’s interesting is she chose something that most people her age and gender would never have chosen: listening to Jesus over performing her culturally expected duty in service in the kitchen.  Jesus tells us that she chose “the better part.”

Have you looked at your life and taken stock of what “the better part” is in your life?  Are you pursuing it?  It’s easy to get sidetracked.  Jesus continually reminds us that He is “the better part” and not to get distracted by all of the other cares and concerns of life.


Scott McFarland

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