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The Pursuit Of Happiness

And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word. Luke 10:39
 
Are you pursuing Jesus or are you pursuing the cares of this world? 
 
It's hard sometimes to break habits that we have being doing for a while; especially when those habits have been instilled in us. It's easy to find ourselves stressing, frustrated, anxious, and sometimes distraught over the many responsibilities we have on a daily basis.
Instead of us seeking God as to how to accomplish all of these things, we operate in our own strength, which eventually runs out; leaving us feeling tired and as if we have failed.
 
In Luke 10:38-42, we have two sisters who are visited by Jesus-Mary and Martha. During Jesus' visit, Martha is concerned with serving, whereas Mary is concern with listening to the things which Jesus is saying. Martha then becomes frustrated that Mary has left her to do all the work, and starts to complain to Jesus. Jesus basically tells Martha that the things she is concern with, though they are many, are not as needful as what Mary has chosen which are the words that Jesus speaks. The cares and things of this world will change and eventually perish. But the Word of God will last forever.
 
Doesn't Martha sound like us? If we learn to pursue Jesus as we pursue other things in our lives, we will have all the joy, peace, and rest that we could stand. It is only when we attempt to operate in our own strength, and not the strength of the Lord, that we find ourselves frustrated, tired, overwhelmed, anxious, and sometimes completely exhausted.
 
What will you pursue today? Will you pursue the One who gives us peace that passing all understanding, or will you continue to pursue the things of this world? Will you pursue everlasting happiness, or will you pursue temporary happiness?
 
...for the joy of the LORD is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10

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