Crossroads United Methodist Church

Service Info

Pastor

Reverend Jan Justice


Sunday Service
Fellowship at 9:45 am
Service and Childrens Sunday School
at 10:00 am

Welcome to Crossroads!

Thought for the week:

She [Martha] had a sister, Mary, who sat before the Master, hanging on every word he said. But Martha was pulled away by all she had to do in the kitchen. Later, she stepped in, interrupting them. “Master, don’t you care that my sister has abandoned the kitchen to me? Tell her to lend me a hand.” Luke 10:38-40

It seems to me that workaholism, just like other addictions, is intergenerational.  Many of us have learned it at home from our parents and we can’t imagine any other way of being in the world.  While I was growing up, work took precedence over everything in our household.  We could only have fun after the work was done, and of course, the work was never totally done.  We could only relax and spend some personal time when the chores were completed; however, with six brothers and sisters, the chores were never completed.  Work was always tied to the necessities of life, getting ahead, and the American dream sometimes at the cost of relationships both inside and outside of the family.

I think these “rules” of life affected both Mary and Martha.  Mary was only too glad to let Martha do the work so she could visit with Jesus while Martha felt compelled to follow the Jewish rules regarding hospitality.  Both were trying to do the right thing but both had different rules of what the right thing was to do.  In actuality I don’t think either one was totally correct.   So what rules in your life keep you from spending time with Jesus?  Or what rules in your life keep you from shouldering your responsibilities?  Do you think it is possible to find a balance between spending time with Jesus and still being responsible?  Just something to think about this week. 

Peace and grace to you. 

Pastor Jan


Links

The United Methodist Church
www.umc.org/

Kansas East Conference
www.kansaseast.org

The United Methodist Women
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