Choosing the Good Part

When I fall behind on my own agenda, I get hard on myself.

I get anxious and stress out a little, and that’s exactly what happened earlier this week. I came home from work with my mind running. I got more anxious by the minute.

I tried to distract myself by cleaning the kitchen (which I usually find calming – I know, kind of weird!).

But as I cleaned, trying to get away from my anxious “busy” mind, I realized more and more what I truly needed.

It was simple.


I didn’t need to follow my own agenda. I didn’t need to clean the kitchen. I didn’t need to get away from my busy mind. All I needed and need… is Jesus. 

I know we KNOW this, but sometimes, I need a friendly reminder to chill out and actually go to Jesus. To go to my inner room and close the door. To pray to my Father who sees what is done in secret (Matthew 6:6). 

To slip away (as Jesus so often did).

To turn my eyes upon Jesus

You know that hymn, right?

That’s what we need when we encounter anxiety, fear, worry, “busy” or full minds… We need to turn our eyes upon Jesus.

To look full in His wonderful face…And stop what we’re doing; to take a deep breath, pause, and rest in Him. Look at Him. Spend time with Him. In prayer or even silence.

When we look in His wonderful face, we experience the warmth of His countenance shining on ours. We find peace, joy, love, comfort… the very things we were distracted from.

God be gracious to us and bless us, And cause His face to shine upon us— Selah. Psalm 67:1.

Days go by and we continue making plans, which isn’t a hurtful thing. But leave Jesus out of it and watch the anxiety kick in. Like I did, I let my mind get cluttered which then covered the most important part of my life, the One whose ways and plans are higher than mine. 

But when we turn to Jesus…

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(And) the things of earth will grow strangely dim

In the light of His glory and grace.

Our agendas reflect His. Our full minds get clear – like when the morning fog lifts as the sun shines brighter. We see what’s important again. We do what’s important again. 

We remember our purpose… and we keep on living it out.

For You light my lamp; The Lord my God illumines my darkness. Psalm 18:28.

I went into my inner room and turned to Jesus, to His word. Picking up where I left off just in time to see the passage about Mary and Martha, and all I heard was “Tanya, Tanya…

You’re worried.

You’re bothered about so many things.

You forgot about the One that is most important.

He is the good part.

He lightens our burdens.

Sit at His feet and listen.

Let His word convict, assure, and comfort you.

Let it steady your soul and remind you what’s fleeting, and what’s eternal.

Choose the good part, which can’t be taken away from you.

Look at Jesus.


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“Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42.

Notice how He didn’t list out the worries, or the many things she was bothered by? Because only one thing is necessary. Only one thing can scatter the many worries and things we’re bothered by.

It’s simple.


I can’t be the only one needing this.

I know someone needed to hear that, too. Maybe it’s you, or someone you know that is worried and bothered by many things, with a heavy heart or a cluttered mind.

Listen, sit down, and choose the good part.

It’s not worth your time to make excuses.

It’s not worth your time to distract yourself by the things of earth

We must turn to Him!

We must turn our eyes upon Jesus!

We must choose the good part!




Read & study the Bible 

These are the ways in which we can turn to Jesus.

Schedule it if you have to.

Like you would schedule time with your friend.

Because He is necessary.

He is the good part.

I pray this encourages you and takes you into your inner room to choose the good part.

For the one that is worried and bothered by many things, the one who forgot or distracted themselves from the important One:

Jesus, I ask that You become the good part of their life, lighten their burdens, and beckon them into the inner room, to sit at your feet and listen; to hear your voice clearly; draw them to read Your word and allow it to convict, assure, and comfort their anxious heart. Let it steady their soul. Remind them what’s fleeting and what’s eternal.

Holy Spirit, help them choose the good part, which can’t be taken away. Turn their eyes upon Jesus. Be gracious and bless them, and cause Your face to shine upon them, that they may know You and continue getting to know You.

Lead them in the way everlasting, Father. Let them know You’re present. May Your presence saturate and fill their heart, mind, and soul.

In Your Holy name, amen. 

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