Everyone has their one thing in life, whether they are believers or nonbelievers. It's the one thing that makes their blood pump, the thing that gets them up in the morning, the thing they are passionate about.
David told us about his one thing in Psalm 27: "One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple" (verse 4).
When Jesus came to visit Mary and Martha, Martha was understandably whipping up a feast for Jesus while Mary sat at His feet, listening to what He had to say. But Martha got stressed out because Mary wasn't helping her. Jesus looked at her and said, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her" (Luke 10:41–42).
A loose paraphrase might be, "Martha, I appreciate a homecooked meal, but there is a time and a place for everything. The time now is just right for Me to talk to you about what really matters in life—and Mary gets that."
The apostle Paul said, "Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead" (Philippians 3:13).
Our greatest danger in life is permitting the urgent things to crowd out the important things. For David and for Mary, that one thing was being in God's presence. For Paul, it was forgetting the past and pressing toward the future, toward the goal to win the race.
What is your one thing?