April 1, 2017
As you watched the dvd of Ted Lowe last Sunday what thoughts and impressions did he leave with you? What do you think was the main point Ted wanted to leave with us to ponder on?
Discuss in your group the following:
Read Luke 10:38-42.
Imagine/picture this scene being lived out. “Jesus and His disciples have arrived. Martha wanting to look after them well is frantically rushing around finding and preparing food, cooking, cutting up, setting the table etc, etc, while her younger sister Mary is seemingly just wanting to hang out with them sitting down listening to Jesus asking questions and just having a good time and leaving all the work to Martha. Well eventually it gets too much for her…!!!
What do you think was the main point Luke was wanting to communicate to us as he included in his Gospel this incident in Jesus life?
Returning to the dvd, discuss Ted’s paraphrase of Jesus’ words: “I care more about you Being with Me than doing for me.’ Because it is our Being that loves, pauses, listens, it is intentional that loves. What comes with just Being, we have time with Jesus?”
Do you struggle with being still? Does technology get in your way? Do you feel you always need to have your mobile with you and switched on? When it rings does it interrupt you having quality time with your family and significant others?
Discuss Ted’s suggestions below:
Are we present with our loved ones?
It can be a small thing eg: We are going to turn off all these things (mobiles, t.v. etc.) during dinner. We are going to say this is a no technology zone for a certain amount of time and we get everything that comes with that decision.
As parents don’t we want our kids to look back and say, “In the middle of all the technology, in the middle of all that activity my dad and my mum were present. Everyone was running crazy but we made sure we had time to connect.”
What is that one thing in your life you can do to unplug?
What is that area of your life where you can give yourself some margin to just ’rock’ (chill out, relax) and when you do you get everything that comes with that decision. What you get is connection, what you get is love, what you get is relationship.
Take time to read, take time to think, it’s the road to wisdom. Take time to laugh, take time to love, it is the way to be alive. Take time to seek, take time to pray, it is the road to God.