It’s true, I might have a touch of OCD, but yes, those things do matter, to me.
Well, let’s take planning a meal for a large crowd hosted in your home. How ’bout those things?
- house in order (this statement alone is fraught with important details!)
- menu determined
- groceries purchased
- guests contacted and informed
- seating sufficient
- kitchen pots and pans, dishes, utensils available
- lighting set, candles?
- fragrance determined
- appropriate decorations in place
- music and speakers ready
- food prepped as needed (oh my, details!)
Are these little things or big things?
Then there’s the event, itself:
- strategic hors d’oeuvers placement (yes! it matters)
- plate, and napkins too
- coat, purse placement
- drinks arranged and all that’s needed for them
- greeting guests upon arrival
- directing and introducing each
- receiving the fares that they have brought
- dealing with the placement and needs of those
- keeping a watchful eye and nose on the kitchen, where all the foods are warming or on their final countdown towards launch
- being hospitable
- keeping a calm attitude and demeanor
I must stop, I can feel my heart racing…
Remember that old adage –
“The devil is in the details”
I sorta believe that. I believe unattended details cause problems, so I seek to address the details so the problems can be forestalled.
How ’bout you? How into the details are you?
Do they really matter yo you?
They mattered to Martha, too.
She invited Jesus and his disciples to dinner at her home where she lived with her sister, Mary and brother, Lazarus.
When Jesus and his crew arrived, Martha welcomes them and then begins her hostess “duties”. AKA the list above… she paid great attention to those details.
In fact, here’s how the bible explains her demeanor –
“”Martha became exasperated by finishing the numerous household chores for preparation for her guests…”Luke 10:40 TPT
Oh my goodness, I can so relate to Martha. There have been times, behind my smiley, hostess demeanor, I was exasperated. Am I alone? Have you?
Martha’s exasperation was not only with the tasks needing to be completed but the fact that her sister wasn’t even helping her. Martha felt that she was doing it all herself and it was unfair.
Ouch, I have felt that too. My thought bubble would read, “It sure would be nice to have some help around here. Why am I the only one?”
Martha was so worked up about this, that she went over to Jesus, who was seated in the front room, teaching those gathered, including her sister, Mary, and said,
“Lord, don’t you think it’s unfair that my sister left me to do all the work myself? You should tell her to get up and help me.”Luke 10:40 TPT
Talk about things really being important!!?? These dinner details were super important to Martha. They were also robbing her of her joy, peace, compassion and keeping her from being with Jesus.
Again, I can relate to Martha and have been robbed of the same.
Imagine it, though… here Jesus is in the middle of a family squabble, now made public. All eyes are on Jesus and the hostess, Martha. Mary, I am sure turns and glares at her sister for outing her in public. This does not look like a happy family dinner gathering.
Martha, bitter and exasperated; Mary, betrayed; guests wondering what to do. And Jesus.
Jesus answered Martha,
“Martha, my beloved Martha. Why are you upset and troubled, pulled away by all these many distractions? Are they really that important?“
“Mary has discovered the one thing most important by choosing to sit at my feet. She is undistracted, and I won’t take this privilege from her.”Luke 10:41-42 TPT
Jesus, He always gets it so right. For everyone involved. Wow!
That whole list of hostess responsibilities… Martha’s exasperation… Mary’s choice… the guests… Jesus … What is really important? What is the one thing that is most important?
All the distractions, the things pulling us away, demanding our attention, requiring our focus… what is the one thing that is most important?
Geesh, does it really matter if the olives aren’t in that spot on the table or the white and dark meat are not separated? Does it really matter if the plates don’t match, or the house isn’t immaculate?
All the distractions. All the details that pull us away from what is most important. Oh my…
Mary discovered what was important.
She chose to be undistracted. She chose to refuse the pull into the unimportant details. She chose the most important thing.
What a privilege to have Jesus’ attention. Mary had it and wasn’t about to give it up for what was of lesser importance, regardless of Martha’s tattling.
My friends, during this busy season, may we not loose sight of what is most important, what really matters.
May we fight the distractions of unending, tiring and draining details and focus on what is most important- enjoying Jesus’ attention and the love of family and friends that surround us.
It is our choice. We choose what is really important to us.
Are they really that important?
Happy Undistracted Thanksgiving.
Cheers to you.