Being Mary In A Martha World

helping_handsMartha and Mary : Luke 10:38-42

38 Now as they went on their way, Jesusa]”>[a]entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house.39 And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. 40 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.” 41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things,42 but one thing is necessary.b]”>[b] Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”

We’ve all been Martha at some point, right? I couldn’t help but relate to her today. I was anxious and worrying about getting our house ready and prepared for some sweet friends who are visiting us soon. Frantic thoughts were swirling around in my mind, like, “Will they look in my cluttered and disorganized closet in the guest room? Oh no, I hope their bed is comfortable enough. Will they notice those stains on my carpet? I just know they will look at our weeds that need to be pulled in our flower beds! Will I have the right amount of food…wait, what food will they like?” And on and on and on and on…

But finally, reality knocked me square on the forehead.  Why are they coming to stay with us? Because they WANT TO SPEND TIME WITH US! They aren’t coming to spend time with my house and judge every imperfection within. They aren’t coming just for the bed and the meals prepared, or to notice the weeds and judge them for a gardening magazine. Our dear friends are coming to hug us, laugh and smile with us, and build new memories because THAT’S what matters in life.

Jesus set the standards for what’s important and what’s trivial. The best and most precious gifts in life are not things, but the people we share this life with.

Friends, I know we all struggle with being a Martha. When our minds start to wander and we lose focus on what’s REALLY important, let’s remind ourselves of Mary and Martha. We will build more meaningful and loving relationships if we choose the “good portion.”

Let’s be a Mary!

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