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Choices In Recovery

By Adam Bianchini, MD


In the tenth chapter of Luke, there is a short, four verse story that teaches us an important lesson about life and recovery.

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

“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.”

Each busy day screams for our attention, demanding that we make many choices while managing our activity-packed lives. Every decision we make and each action we take affects our lives – many times in small ways, but occasionally in big ways. Sometimes these effects are not seen immediately, but begin a process that will be experienced down the road.

This reality shows us that:
Our CHOICES matter – What we choose today will affect us tomorrow.
Our THOUGHTS matter – What we decide today will affect us tomorrow.
Our ACTIONS matter – How we live today impacts us tomorrow.
Our PRIORITIES matter – How we focus today will direct our aim tomorrow.
Our PRAYERS matter – Our relationship with God will affect us and others for ETERNITY!

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