I've been a sometime visitor and commenter to Spiritual Journey Thursday. I loved Holly's idea of writing about the spiritual focus of our OLW. So I asked Holly to include my OLW on the list. Then I received a tweet from her reminding me that it was time to post. That's when I realized I had joined the group!
This morning I picked up a favorite book, Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver. The book fell open to p. 101 and this paragraph:
"The story of Mary and Martha was never meant to be a psychological profile or a role play in which we choose the character with whom we most identify. This is the story of two different responses to one singular occasion. In it, we should find not our personality type, but the kind of heart Christ longs for us to have.
A heart centered in him alone."
I long to be the kind of disciple mentioned in Jeremiah 28, verses 12 and 13:
"Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
And ye shall seek me and find me when ye shall search for me with all your heart."
A heart centered in him alone, and searching for him with all my heart - this is a quest that requires my constant focus. I like this Selwyn Hughes quote (also from Weaver's book): "Life works better when we know how to glance at things but gaze at God. Seeing Him clearly will enable us to see all other things clearly." I fear that I am guilty of glancing at God and gazing at things. I want this to be a year when I spend more time gazing at God and focusing my heart on the Lord.