Wrong Cookie 
Wednesday, August 1, 2007, 07:53 AM - Extra Christy, Radio
When I'm eating out at a chinese resturant, I like to try to match fortunes to people or trade my fortune for another's. I guess I'm not the only one. After a chinese takeout dinner this week, one of the diners got this fortune in her cookie:

The Fortune you seek is in another cookie.

Among church folk who tend to sit in the same pew seat week after week, we would say, "Right pew, wrong church."; animal lovers might say "barking up the wrong tree" meaning you are doing all the right things but in the wrong place.

In the Bible, Jesus visits a couple of sisters. I don't know if they served chinese, but I do know that both were busy in different ways. Martha was busy preparing food for the body and Mary was busy preparing food for her soul by listening to Jesus. When Martha complained about Mary's lack of helpfulness, Jesus said, in a very loose translation, that the fortune Mary sought was in another cookie.

Seeking fortune can be a time consuming and even all consuming task. It is good at times to pause and consider not just how urgently we are seeking our fortune, but how important the fortune we seek really is. We might decide to choose a different cookie.

The Lord and his disciples were traveling along and came to a village. When they got there, a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat down in front of the Lord and was listening to what he said. Martha was worried about all that had to be done. Finally, she went to Jesus and said, "Lord, doesn't it bother you that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her to come and help me!"

The Lord answered, "Martha, Martha! You are worried and upset about so many things, but only one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen what is best, and it will not be taken away from her." - Luke 10:38-42 (CEV)

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