One Thing Is Necessary

Written by: Steve Dalton       Recorded by: Justin Dalton

One Thing Is Necessary

This meditation was written in March as I thought about my word for the year, which is "focus". I love how frazzled Martha seems to be in this story. And Jesus doesn't slam her, or scold her, He simply points her to the "one thing" which really matters. I was encouraged by the reminder to focus on the one thing.

Then in April my world began to collapse around me. My wife of 24 years announced she was done, and wanted a divorce. I have had incredible ups and downs over the past few months. At times it has been hard to focus on work, on taking care of myself physically, and trying to enjoy life. At times I have felt like Martha. I have even prayed her words, "Lord do you not care?"

He does care. And the proof that He cares is He keeps pointing me to the one thing. The one thing that is necessary for life, the one thing that is necessary for joy, the one thing that we can always depend on during our best days and on the days when life is falling apart.

I hope and pray that if you are going through a time of minor distraction or a time when life implodes that this scripture will encourage you as it has me.

- Steve

Scriptures: Luke 10:38-42

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  1. Tritia Edwards
    August 12th, 2016 at 5:34 am

    Right now in life it seems like I’m drowning. After following the lead of the Spirit and quit a job to be obedient to the call of ministry, life seems foreign or strange. I’ve been spending more time in God’s presence, but still searching for His peace. I continue to worry about the bills, or putting to much of a burden on my husband because he doesn’t seem to understand. I’m tempted to return to the workforce to please Him, but fear disappointing God. I’m searching and holding on to my faith. Please pray God blessings of prosperity and abundance over me. All I want and desire to do is please Him, but I’m like Mary busy and distracted instead of serene at His feet.

  2. Dana Call
    August 12th, 2016 at 9:00 am

    As God would have it this is what I needed today thank you

  3. Steve Dalton
    August 12th, 2016 at 9:42 am

    I will certainly be praying for you. It is very difficult when what you believe God wants you to do conflicts with what your spouse wants. I dealt with the same situation. I chose to follow my wife’s desires, instead of what I really believed God wanted me to do. Now, she is leaving anyways and I find myself 7 years late following God’s call to start a church. Everyone’s situation is different, just continue to seek the Lord in all that you do.


  4. Steve Dalton
    August 12th, 2016 at 9:43 am

    Thank you for sharing that. As I edited the recording, I found I needed to hear it again myself.


  5. Marith Adams
    August 13th, 2016 at 8:44 am

    Thank you for this! And for all you do on this site. What a blessing!

  6. elizabeth temkim
    August 26th, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    I listen to this almost every night. As I enter year 2 of cancer treatment at age 36, with three kids 3 and under and a full-time job as a wife and attorney, I am always overloaded and frequently frazzled. This takes me back to my primary purpose…the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. I am praying for all of you. Just like David did before us, when you are in the valley, keep moving!

  7. Steve Dalton
    August 29th, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Amen! It reminds me of a Winston Churchill quote, “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” We can’t stop. We have to keep pressing on to the goal Christ has set before us. Thank you so much for everything you do and for your kind encouragement.

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