Day 275 –
This is a Martha world, let’s be a Mary in it.
Luke 10:39-42 “And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”
Years ago, a dear friend and pastor’s wife called me at work to see how I was doing. She knew I was working a ton, trying to be a good wife and raising 4 children and she didn’t want me to get worn out.
“A housecleaner is what you need and never say no to someone who wants to bring you a meal.” – said Friend.
Fast-forward 6 years, no house cleaner and my husband was trying to convince me to find someone to take care of our lawn. I’d been getting irritable over the littlest things because of all that had to be done in 24 hours and the lack of sleep trying to do it all. But I loved cleaning, mowing, having people over, planning parties, and everything else Martha liked.
However, 17 years ago, I fell in love with something even more than the art of “Martha”, I fell in love with the heart of “Mary”.
That’s when my early mornings with Jesus began. Prayer time was filled with Bible readings, prayer and writing. This was the place in my journey where my walk with Christ took off.
At that point, I still felt like I could be Mary and Enjoy my Martha tendencies.
Then the house got bigger, the yard got larger, the chores got longer, and my children hired me on as their taxi driver. (Has someone invented a “Cuber” Child-“Uber” yet?)
Jesus didn’t tell Martha she was doing anything wrong, Mary was just doing what was right. Like Mary, we have to make time for Jesus. In our Martha world, we have to find places where “World” time can be cut and time with Jesus can be added.
Eventually, I gave in and hired someone to help with my house twice a month and someone to mow. But laundry, pulling weeds, cutting limbs, and hosting parties are still mine, they’re my favorite.
At some point, we must give up things that we enjoy to find the best thing – time with Jesus.