The Christian Public Servant – “distracted from things that really matter”


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May 29, 2018 – Tuesday


Luke 10:38-42 (NIV) 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.”


Do you ever “get into the groove,” or get “dialed in,” when you are at work? I know I do. At times, I am so focused – heavily involved in my work – that I become oblivious to my surroundings.

You see, my duties require the use of several different computer software systems. At any given moment, I’m toggling between multiple systems with a high level of concentration. Yet in a second’s notice, the rhythm of my day can be interrupted by a client, coworker, or another agency.

Sound familiar?

As Christian public servants, you and I are supposed to be diligent in performing our job duties. However, staying busy in and of itself can cause us to become distracted from things that really matter. We may not notice opportunities to serve Christ by serving others.

Our Lords wants you and me not only to listen and learn from His Word, but also to be His people of action. When we are too mentally busy, we may fall into the trap of being distracted from things that really matter. We may miss the opportunity to share Christ’s love through helping someone else.

As you begin your job today, even though you may have to really concentrate to get the tasks accomplished, stay mindful that someone else might need you, too. Don’t become distracted from things that really matter.

By being open to other’s needs, you will be able to choose what is better.


Father God, I come knowing that I am imperfect. Yet, You are my teacher. I strive to stay productive, but I need Your help to remain balanced. Please allow me to become better at being Your servant, learner, and steward of Your ways so that I may serve others in their time of need. In Your Son Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen!

Erica Everette, MPA
Eligibility Review Analyst
Department of Medical Assistance Services
State of Virginia
Richmond, Virginia USA


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