Welcome to our summer blog series called “Moments of Impact.” I’m excited to share a few short stories from men and women in our crowd about literal moments that have made a lasting impression on their life as they walk with God.
If you’ve been at Six:Eight on a Sunday morning lately, you know our Vineyard regional conference theme this year was “IMPACT.” We got back from the conference and were refreshed with the resounding call to be people and a church that is “naturally supernatural,” making a lasting impact on the everyday people and people groups we meet in our day-to-day lives. This idea is about going through your normal day with sensitivity to where God is moving and taking action to talk, pray or do something where and when God calls. Here are some very real and tangible stories of people that have been on the giving or receiving end of that and how it’s left an impact on their lives.
For me, one stand out moment of spiritual impact happened in college. This was over 10 years ago, mind you, when I was deeply involved in my college campus ministry. I had the privilege of being a freshman the year it came to my school so I got to participate in starting it. The campus ministry pastor was awesome and it got large quickly. I met with him one day to talk about some leadership activities I was involved in and generally how things were going in my life. I remember talking about things I felt down and stressed out about. At one point, he interrupted me and said, “Woah Lindley, you need to stop being a Martha and start being a Mary.” It was like someone struck a bell in my head (in a good way? :)) and things rang clear. His statement referenced a story in the gospels in the Bible (you can read it in Luke 10: 38-42).
Basically, Martha and Mary are sisters. When Jesus comes to their town they open their home to Him and His disciples. Martha runs around preparing her home and a meal for them and Mary sits at the feet of Jesus and just listens as He talks and teaches. This was, after all a once in a lifetime chance for an intimate teaching encounter with the Son of God! Martha felt indignant that she was the only one doing all the work and asks Jesus to instruct Mary to help out too. Jesus surprises Martha when he says that Mary has done the more important and better thing by simply sitting in His presence. I love the way He says it, it’s vs. 41-42 (NIV)...
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed--or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Wow. I went home after that meeting and meditated on that passage. My pastor was right. I was worried and upset about many things and in the process had forgotten what Jesus said “is better,” which is to just sit and be at the feet of Jesus above all things. My pastor said this to me with love and we had the relationship credibility for him to say that and for us to work through this in my life together. It was so kind of him to redirect me and I repeat his sentence to myself even now if I find myself feeling frazzled on a Sunday morning checking this and that for the service, or getting frustrated at home over a mess here or there. What is better is to know God and then go and be like Jesus in my world. It’s ok to have clean dishes and floors tooJbut at what cost? Jesus reminded Martha and reminds me today that “what is better” is to know and be like Jesus.
So you can see how one moment-one sentence, has left an impression on me to this day. Have you had a similar moment or redirection in your life? Something that stops you in your tracks and makes you examine where you’re headed? I’d love to hear your story. Leave a comment and sound off! Next time we’ll hear about a moment of impact from Rob Granholm (future Community Group leader and set-up team member extraordinaire!)