I have a sticky note stuck just inside the front cover of both my Bible and my Book of Mormon — both of these sticky notes say “seek not to be cumbered.” with the reference (Luke 10:40) in parenthesis. I’m not sure if I made both sticky notes at the same time — I doubt it, because one is yellow and the other is orange. I’m guessing that I have felt on at least two occasions the need to deliberately remind myself not to be cumbered.
The dictionary definition of cumber is:
verb [ trans. ] dated
hamper or hinder (someone or something) : they were cumbered with greatcoats and swords.
• obstruct (a path or space) : the road was clean and dry and not still cumbered by slush.
a hindrance, obstruction, or burden : a cumber of limestone rocks.
The passage in the New Testament, found in Luke 10:38-42 is where Christ visits Martha and her sister Mary.
¶ Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
Life is full of challenges and un-anticipated interruptions and problems. Life is also full of fun things to do and plan — I want to be the kind of person that can knows how to step away from the party plans, or the problem and focus on the people. I love the last line of this little video clip …