A thought by John C. Maxwell (2012-10-02) from his book, The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth: Live Them and Reach Your Potential
(p. 111). Center Street. Kindle Edition.
We are heading into the holiday season. A lot of people are going to run to overcrowded stores frantically getting things that nobody really wants. But it was such a good deal but it really wasn’t what they wanted. After getting it and still spending too much we’re too tired to really enjoy the season.
How about your day today? I understand the importance of the meal and of how it doesn’t just appear but maybe it isn’t what really makes this day a happy day. Maybe it’s just being with each other. Oh don’t stop cooking but just add that part to the celebration not the stress.
I was reading today in Luke 11 (The Message) of the first time Jesus met Mary and Martha. Mary loved the relationship and spending time with Jesus but Martha felt the stress of all she had to do in the kitchen. Later she interrupted Jesus and Mary and said, “Master, don’t you care that my sister has abandoned the kitchen to me? Tell her to lend me a hand.” Then Jesus said, “Martha, dear Martha, you’re fussing and getting yourself worked up for nothing. One thing only is essential and Mary has chosen it – it’s the main course, and won’t be taken from her.”
Just make sure what you are doing is the main course. “Unhappiness is not knowing what we want and killing ourselves to get it.” The meal is so very important and it is work but it doesn’t take the place of what we really want. What we want is sitting around the table eating the meal. They are what brings happiness into this day. So our family around our table wishes you a very happy Thanksgiving.
Now of course some of you men could stop in the kitchen and ask what you could do to help. That would really make her happy.
So how is your stress level?