I am a Martha. I can’t help it. I am always making lists of things to do and I enjoy that feeling of satisfaction when I can cross things off. Done!
Unfortunately, this means that I am a “task oriented” person rather than a “people oriented” person. Or put more simply, I am more inclined to make a priority out of to-do lists than people.
I Know! It sounds terrible!
Since I understand this about myself, I know that I have to put “read to babies” and “call sister-in-law” on that to-do list. I was relieved when my wonderful godly grandmother told me one day that I am just like her in that way! I want to be like her – and she seems to have a good balance between getting things done and loving people – that means there is hope for me!
When I started thinking about writing this blog, I thought of a small story in the Bible.
As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet listening to what he said.
But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, "Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!"
“Martha, Martha," the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her." Luke 10:38-42 NIV
I know that Jesus was not telling Martha that she should never apply herself to a task and get things done. But I do believe that He was simply reminding her that there is a time for completing tasks, and a time for sitting at His feet and listening to Him,
Enjoying His presence,
He was saying that His time with them was shorter than she thought, and that, if she only knew, she would order take out instead of trying to put on an impressive spread, and sit down by Him too,
because that was the better choice at that moment.
What I want is to strike that balance somewhere between Mary and Martha.
I want to get things done.
But I also want to take the time to sit at Jesus' feet and enjoy His presence.
That is my goal, not just for this year, but for the rest of my life…
So I am sharing my journey with you, and hoping that you will share your journey with me.Are You a Martha?