Reflections On The Journey



Good, Better or Best

Posted on December 12, 2022 at 8:00 AM

Monday Meditation – Good, Better or Best 12/12/2022


Already we are in the third week of Advent. Why have the first two weeks gone by so quickly? It seems we just turned the calendar page to December, and now Christmas is less than two weeks away. And I am behind.


When I spent some time thinking about why that is, I realized that, like usual, I have gotten involved in so many things. I’ve been so busy that I have been under more stress, gotten behind in some of my tasks, and as a result I have not always been able to do my best.


That’s frustrating to me.


But God has a way of pointing things out! As I was trying to catch up in my Bible in a Year (BIY) readings last week, I came across Sirach Chapter 40, which spoke directly about my problem. If you are not familiar with Sirach, it’s a book containing many statements similar to Proverbs, offering wisdom and thoughts for pondering. The particular passages that hit home are Sirach 40:17-26. These verses list things that are good, followed by something that is better. For example, Sir 40:25 says “Gold and silver make one’s way secure, but better than either is sound judgement.” I noticed that some of the particular items listed in these verses didn’t necessarily apply to my life, but more important was the idea behind the verses: there is a difference between what is good and what is better, and sometimes we need to choose what is better.


And to reinforce this, in a little mini retreat this past weekend I listened to the speaker talk about the story of Mary and Martha (Luke 10:38-42) and how Mary had chosen the better portion, that of being with Jesus. Although we may need to cook and clean, that doesn’t mean we can’t also spend time with our Lord. That better portion is available to every one of us!


Wow. All this hit home. I always want to help people and to improve my relationships with God and others, so I sign up to do many things. And I think those things are pretty good! But when all these good things overwhelm me, I perhaps can fail to choose the better portion, or fail to do my best.


To help me sort out my life, I listed out the major things that I do, and I came up with nine categories, and within each of those categories were several tasks and projects. I think the majority of them are truly good things that help others, and some of them are even necessary for my health and well-being. Some don’t take a lot of time, and others do. Certain ones require effort several times per week, and others are more episodic, or can even be put off for a period of time.


This analysis was eye-opening - no wonder I’m so busy and under some stress!


I have now begun the next step of my analysis, which is harder: going through the list and trying to identify which ones are truly “better” than the others, and perhaps even which ones are “best.” Questions I am asking about each are “Does this activity enhance my faith life and draw me closer to God,” “Does it improve my relationships with my family and my friends,” “Does this energize me so I can better perform other things,” “ Is it worth the time and effort I must put into it?” and “Is it truly necessary for me to do?” And I need to take these items to God. What does He want me to do?


I know I won’t be able to finish this analysis in a day, or maybe not even by the end of this week. This is going to take some serious reflection, and no doubt I may ultimately have to make some hard decisions about activities I should discontinue. I hate disappointing people, so saying “no” is going to be difficult. But in the long run, I know in my heart that choosing the better and the best things will ultimately help me manage my life more effectively, and perhaps even give me some new blessings.


This week, I suggest you take a look at your own life. Are there some things you do that are not good? Maybe it’s time to stop. If you have gotten too busy with “good things,” like me, maybe you could take a look at all the good things in your life and decide which ones are better and best. Ask God to help you! This reflection may take you a little time, but as we journey closer to Christmas and the coming of Christ, it may be just the right time to do this. Perhaps you will ultimately decide it’s time to stop doing some of the good things in favor of the better or best things. I believe God will bless us when we choose “better” and “best.”


Have a blessed Monday!


© 2022


Categories: Inspiration

Post a Comment


Oops, you forgot something.


The words you entered did not match the given text. Please try again.


Reply kobe
6:39 AM on June 6, 2023 
I happen to be writing to make you be aware of of the outstanding encounter my wife's princess had checking yuor web blog. She mastered several details, which included what it is like to have a very effective coaching style to make many others with no trouble have an understanding of a variety of very confusing issues. You actually did more than our desires. Thank you for churning out those beneficial, healthy, informative not to mention easy tips about the topic to Lizeth.
Reply adidas yeezy
3:12 AM on June 6, 2023 
My husband and i got now fulfilled that Michael managed to complete his investigations while using the ideas he obtained out of your weblog. It is now and again perplexing to simply continually be releasing information and facts that the others may have been selling. And we fully understand we have you to be grateful to for that. The main illustrations you've made, the easy blog navigation, the friendships you can make it possible to promote - it's got mostly astonishing, and it's really making our son and our family imagine that this issue is thrilling, and that's pretty important. Many thanks for all!
adidas yeezy
Reply chrome hearts
4:29 AM on June 5, 2023 
I have to voice my love for your kindness in support of all those that really want help on your area. Your real dedication to getting the solution around was unbelievably powerful and have constantly permitted professionals like me to get to their pursuits. Your personal important suggestions entails a lot a person like me and especially to my office workers. Regards; from all of us.
chrome hearts
Reply Travis Scott Jordan
12:48 AM on June 5, 2023 
I would like to show my love for your kindness for folks who actually need guidance on this important matter. Your special dedication to getting the message throughout became rather interesting and has regularly enabled those like me to arrive at their desired goals. Your helpful help and advice signifies a whole lot to me and somewhat more to my mates. Warm regards; from each one of us.
Travis Scott Jordan
Reply yeezy
10:46 PM on June 3, 2023 
I'm writing to let you understand what a extraordinary discovery my wife's girl gained going through yuor web blog. She came to find a wide variety of pieces, with the inclusion of how it is like to have an amazing giving nature to get men and women very easily gain knowledge of selected tricky subject matter. You undoubtedly surpassed people's expectations. Thanks for offering the precious, dependable, educational and fun guidance on this topic to Lizeth.
Reply bape clothing
8:40 PM on June 2, 2023 
I am glad for writing to let you know what a outstanding experience my daughter had going through your web site. She mastered so many details, most notably how it is like to possess an awesome giving character to let a number of people just gain knowledge of a number of tricky topics. You really exceeded our desires. I appreciate you for distributing such insightful, safe, explanatory and in addition cool tips about that topic to Gloria.
bape clothing
Reply bape clothing
10:08 PM on June 1, 2023 
Thanks for all of the hard work on this web site. My daughter really likes making time for investigation and it's really obvious why. We all know all regarding the compelling mode you deliver important guidelines through your website and as well cause participation from the others on the concern while our favorite simple princess is without question understanding so much. Enjoy the rest of the new year. Your conducting a useful job.
bape clothing
Reply jordan 13
7:22 PM on June 1, 2023 
I would like to show my appreciation for your kindness for women who have the need for help on this important situation. Your very own commitment to getting the message all-around was astonishingly productive and have surely permitted ladies just like me to get to their objectives. Your personal useful instruction signifies a lot a person like me and even more to my peers. Thanks a ton; from each one of us.
jordan 13
Reply kd 12
9:03 PM on May 31, 2023 
I have to point out my gratitude for your kind-heartedness giving support to those people that really want guidance on this concern. Your personal dedication to passing the message across had become unbelievably insightful and has without exception helped ladies much like me to reach their aims. Your entire helpful information entails so much a person like me and far more to my fellow workers. Regards; from all of us.
kd 12
Reply kyrie 5 spongebob
6:22 PM on May 31, 2023 
I must express my respect for your kindness for persons that really need assistance with this important issue. Your special commitment to passing the message all around has been quite practical and have consistently enabled workers much like me to realize their dreams. Your personal valuable suggestions implies a lot a person like me and extremely more to my office colleagues. Best wishes; from all of us.
kyrie 5 spongebob
Reply kyrie 9
9:37 PM on May 30, 2023 
I precisely desired to thank you very much once again. I do not know the things that I would have undertaken without the information provided by you regarding such area of interest. It truly was a real terrifying setting in my circumstances, nevertheless understanding this expert manner you treated it forced me to cry with gladness. I'm just thankful for this information and hope you really know what an amazing job you were providing teaching many others through your site. Most likely you've never come across all of us.
kyrie 9
Reply air jordan
6:58 PM on May 30, 2023 
My wife and i ended up being really fulfilled that Jordan managed to finish up his investigations while using the precious recommendations he made from your own web site. It is now and again perplexing to simply choose to be releasing procedures which the others may have been trying to sell. We really recognize we have you to thank because of that. The most important explanations you made, the simple site menu, the relationships your site help engender - it's got everything terrific, and it is facilitating our son and the family reason why this idea is enjoyable, and that's really vital. Many thanks for the whole lot!
air jordan
Reply golden goose francy
12:39 AM on May 30, 2023 
I not to mention my buddies have been reading through the good guides on your web page and so instantly came up with a terrible suspicion I had not expressed respect to the blog owner for those secrets. Those young boys happened to be consequently joyful to study all of them and now have honestly been loving them. Many thanks for getting considerably helpful as well as for selecting varieties of wonderful things millions of individuals are really wanting to be aware of. My honest regret for not saying thanks to sooner.
golden goose francy
Reply supreme shirt
8:01 PM on May 28, 2023 
I would like to express my appreciation to you just for rescuing me from this type of instance. As a result of exploring throughout the world-wide-web and finding opinions that were not productive, I assumed my entire life was over. Living without the strategies to the issues you have sorted out as a result of your main guide is a critical case, and those that might have badly damaged my career if I hadn't noticed your website. Your own personal knowledge and kindness in playing with the whole lot was crucial. I'm not sure what I would've done if I hadn't come across such a stuff like this. I'm able to at this time look forward to my future. Thank you very much for this high quality and result oriented guide. I won't be reluctant to recommend your web page to any individual who desires tips about this matter.
supreme shirt
Reply golden goose sliders
5:50 PM on May 28, 2023 
I simply wanted to thank you very much once again. I'm not certain what I might have taken care of in the absence of the entire strategies contributed by you relating to this field. It was a very scary scenario in my opinion, but understanding the very expert mode you resolved that forced me to jump for delight. I will be happy for your help and hope you find out what an amazing job you have been carrying out training the mediocre ones via a blog. Probably you haven't encountered all of us.
golden goose sliders
Reply air jordan
5:18 PM on May 28, 2023 
Thank you so much for giving everyone a very special opportunity to read in detail from this blog. It really is so pleasing and as well , packed with amusement for me personally and my office co-workers to search the blog not less than thrice in one week to learn the new guidance you will have. And lastly, I am also usually fulfilled with your very good thoughts you give. Certain 3 facts in this posting are undeniably the most impressive I've had.
air jordan
Reply off white outlet
5:40 PM on May 27, 2023 
My spouse and i got now thrilled Jordan managed to finish up his basic research via the ideas he obtained using your site. It is now and again perplexing to just possibly be giving for free helpful hints which often some other people may have been selling. Therefore we consider we have got the writer to give thanks to because of that. The entire illustrations you have made, the straightforward web site menu, the friendships you can help to engender - it's got many fantastic, and it is leading our son in addition to our family understand the concept is pleasurable, and that is extraordinarily important. Thanks for the whole thing!
off white outlet
Reply kyrie shoes
2:57 PM on May 27, 2023 
I wanted to draft you this very small word to help say thanks the moment again for these remarkable tactics you have documented on this site. This has been certainly wonderfully open-handed of you to convey without restraint what exactly a few people would have distributed as an e book to generate some money for themselves, precisely given that you could have done it if you ever considered necessary. The strategies likewise acted like a fantastic way to realize that some people have a similar keenness similar to mine to find out good deal more when it comes to this problem. I believe there are millions of more enjoyable instances ahead for individuals that read through your blog post.
kyrie shoes
Reply hermes handbags
3:13 PM on May 26, 2023 
I wanted to type a brief comment in order to say thanks to you for these fantastic guides you are placing here. My time-consuming internet lookup has at the end been recognized with reputable information to talk about with my co-workers. I would express that many of us visitors actually are definitely fortunate to be in a notable place with so many awesome individuals with valuable principles. I feel rather lucky to have seen the webpages and look forward to some more fabulous minutes reading here. Thanks again for everything.
hermes handbags
Reply golden goose outlet
11:52 AM on May 26, 2023 
Thanks a lot for providing individuals with remarkably brilliant chance to read from this site. It is often so ideal and as well , stuffed with a good time for me and my office colleagues to visit your site particularly three times weekly to see the latest guides you have. And of course, I'm just usually fulfilled concerning the astonishing creative ideas you give. Some 3 points in this posting are definitely the simplest we have all ever had.
golden goose outlet