In my journal and on my calendar I have a reminder to keep me focused on the right priorities. I borrowed the words from the simple reason Jesus gave his parents for his behavior: “I must be about my Father’s business.” If I get nothing else done today, what one thing will I do? If my stay on earth is shortened, what do I want to accomplish?
To perform my father’s business. The business of heaven.
It also answers the question so many ask in times of doubt and difficulty: “Why am I here in this place, at this time, in this job, with these people, with this problem . . . ?”
In a previous blog, I recalled that Jesus later told Martha that she was distracted by many things, but, “Only one thing is necessary. Your sister Mary has chosen the more important thing, listening to God’s teaching.” That was the Father’s business at that moment. Martha was busy in the kitchen. Jesus and Mary were busy with the Father’s business.
What is the Father’s business in your arena today?