Only One Thing


Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Week of: July 21, 2019
Scripture: Luke 10:38-42

Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing.
(Luke 10:41-42, NRSV)


When we can stay connected to God/Love in all our tasks as worship arts leaders, whether it's mental, emotional or physical work, we more fully inhabit God/Love in our soul. Staying connected to love is liberating, healing and holy work … and over time, it transforms us into Christian disciples and changes our leadership.

Choosing to connect with God/Love in our daily tasks as worship arts leaders reflects the choice of sister Mary.

Neglecting to connect reflects the choice of sister Martha, who was too worried and distracted by her to-do list to make that connection, even when the Lord of Love was, quite literally, staring her in the face.

I don’t think Jesus means to shame us if we resemble Martha or honor us if we resemble Mary. I think we're meant to see ourselves reflected in the choices and activity of both of these dear friends of Jesus.

What's one thing you can do (or stop doing) throughout the day to refresh your focus on Jesus, to connect with God/Love as you go about the daily tasks of your work as a worship artist? What's one thing you can do (or stop doing) to let go of worry and distraction?

Can you hear Jesus speak your name gently, lovingly, helping you focus?


Being with you, Loving Jesus, is the one thing that is necessary. Help me to let go of the rest. Amen.  

Leigh Anne TaylorLeigh Anne Taylor
President-Elect, The Fellowship
Deacon, The United Methodist Church
Lynchburg District Revitalization Coordinator
Lynchburg, VA

Photo: The Lake Junaluska Cross is seen after an afternoon rain at Music & Worship Arts Week 2018. (Fellowship photo by Daniel Craig.)

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