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Luke 10:38-42, Martha, Martha, Martha . . . .

Key Verse

But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, ‘Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.’
— Luke 10:40

RCL Daily Devotion for Sunday, July 21, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Daniel D. Maurer from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

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Main Theme: We can grow in spiritual fitness when we first become grounded in the things that are important.

In an episode of World of Dance, young contestant Eva Igo blew away the judges – and me, too. She is incredible – a strong, grounded, emotional, moving performer! Guest judge, Misty Copeland, critiqued her performance, saying that Eva’s footwork was extraordinary. Misty had commented to other contestants that their feet were an afterthought, which distracted her from their performances. But Eva’s feet were like “suction cups,” which grounded her entire body, and made her performance unbeatable.

I can’t dance like Eva, but I have done some exercising that required being grounded, or I would topple to the ground. (Yoga, anyone?) It’s incredible how powerful a pose or movement can be if I first become grounded and stable. It takes practice, though. And when I perfect one pose or movement, then, and only then, can I move on to a more difficult pose or movement.

It’s no different with emotional or spiritual groundedness. Martha allowed herself to get too distracted by the busyness of her day. Mary, on the other hand, remained grounded in the thing that truly mattered – her relationship with Jesus. (And, I might add, any relationship trumps the distractions of our busyness.)

It’s amazing how powerful my spiritual practices become if I first get grounded and stable. And when I perfect one practice, then, and only then, can I move on to a more advanced spiritual practice. No one comes out of the womb fully equipped with compassion, insight, self- awareness, understanding, a heart for service, ability to love unconditionally. We nurture our gifts over time. Or we don’t. The more we practice these, the more we become grounded in love. And then, we can’t be toppled by illness, apathy, job loss, divorce, or anything else life can throw at us.

How do you ground yourself? Is prayer a part of this practice for you?


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