Bible Ballistics: BBs #229       Room In Your Heart???

I’d like to share a bit of encouragement as well as a challenge on this Friday. We have so much going on around us—personally, culturally, politically, socially and emotionally; we live in a world gone crazy with “people, places and things”, yet only one thing is “needful”, and Jesus told us that “HE” is that one thing. When we are devoted to and focused on Jesus—we have that “one thing”!

If you remember the story of Mary and Martha, Jesus was a guest in their home, and while Martha was busy with the affairs of preparing a meal for guests, Mary was sitting at the feet of Jesus! Martha asked Jesus for relief, expecting HIM to rebuke Mary and tell her to “get to work” (which is what we would have expected also), but Jesus gives us a most unexpected and profound principle for life:

And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: 42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42

Jesus commended the single-minded and single-hearted devotion to HIM, which Mary exhibited. While He was not commending slothfulness, He was commending and calling us to take advantage of the opportunities for sweet and intimate fellowship with Him personally. In fact, He calls us to be HIS friends:

Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.” John 15:15

Our servant-hood is to be from a heart of devotion and love, not compulsion! And when Jesus is our friend, we know friendship beyond measure—above anything else that we can experience in this world. Yet Jesus also blesses us with other friends in this life, people He places in our lives to help us on our journey through this broken world. While Jesus is the dearest friend I have–for He gave Himself to pay for my salvation–there are some special people He has sent into my life and I’d like to share one of them with you today, my amazing Mary Ellen. One of those precious people that God created to lift up the fallen, love the unlovable, and encourage the down-hearted. One of those rare and valuable, big-hearted people who impact and change lives in ways that the world doesn’t even notice. But those of us who have been touched by them, know they have changed our lives to make us better people than we would have been without them.

Mary Ellen was my second mother—the woman who loved me without question, who was there when I was doing right and also when I would blow it to the max. She always welcomed me into her arms and her heart as well as her home. I sit here smiling this morning thinking of the times she’d have a second piece of fruitcake put up for me (and yes I love fruitcake!!!), or when she’d just love, hug and hold me when I was broken and desperate for a safe place to hide. Now it’s not like she had a lot of extra time on her hands for crazy teenagers (or adults)—she was a mother of eight, and worked for many years after her children were older, as well as serving in her church and community. Yet she was always there when I (or anyone else) needed her.

She was always “there” with love, acceptance, encouragement and just the pure joy and delight that she brought to my heart. A joy and love beyond description or expression, and I just had to take time today to honor her memory and challenge each of you to remember those special people in your lives. And if your special person is still alive let them know how much they have meant and still mean to you–today.

As an adult, I have most often lived far from Mary Ellen, but every time I was in town, her house was one of the first places I visited. And when I called or got to go see her, her love and open arms were a supporting staple of my life—I always knew she loved and cared for me, and prayed for me. Her memory still brings a smile to my heart and a tear to my eye for the overwhelming love and gratitude that I felt, still feel and always will feel for this most amazing and precious gift that God sent into my life—my dear Mary Ellen- I still love you and I miss you terribly. The Proverb is true:

there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24b

I am so glad my life is blessed and changed by her endless love and the joy that she ALWAYS brought to my heart and life! I also have a special challenge for you; please take some time this weekend to call, or write or go visit that special person in your life (If they are still living). Or if they have passed on, why not write a thank-you note to God for that special person HE sent to you in just the right time and place. And if you don’t know Jesus– the best friend of all—then call on HIM today, because He died for you with the greatest love ever and He has open arms for YOU!

(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)” 2 Corinthians 6:2

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:12

And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” Acts 16:31