I am a Martha kind of woman. Everywhere I look, every moment I’m awake, I see all I have to accomplish. I want everything done. Today. Not just done, but done well.
When Jesus visited Martha and Mary, “Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made,” (Luke 10:40). She desired to show her love and care for Jesus in tangible ways. She served by working, getting everything done. Then Jesus and His disciples could rest, relax, and feel welcomed and special.
In order to accomplish her goal, Martha had to leave the presence of her guests. She stayed in the kitchen, preparing everything down to the last detail. And running herself ragged in the process.
In her desire to give the best, Martha noticed the absence of her sister, Mary. Martha expected her sister to follow her, to leave their guests and make sure the food and table were perfect.
If Martha was anything like me, she waited and worked. And fumed. The longer Martha waited, the more annoyed, impatient, and bitter she grew. Where is my sister? Why isn’t she helping? How come I’m stuck in this hot kitchen, running around like a chicken with my head cut off while she does…what?”
Finally, Martha couldn’t stand it any longer. Leaving her responsibility for just a moment, Martha marched to Jesus to enlist His help. Surely He would want Mary to help her.
But Jesus responded by telling Martha, “You are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed–or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her,” (Luke 10:41-42)
Jesus wanted Martha to join Mary and leave the demands of life–the list of chores and daily accomplishments–aside. Instead of worrying about her ideas of serving, Jesus wanted her to leave her worries and demands and sit at His feet.
His peace, His joy, doesn’t come from an endless list of accomplishments.
It comes by leaving our own expectations of what is important and necessary behind.
It comes from leaving our earthly point of view and sitting quietly with Him.
This month of October, I became caught up in too many things to do. Each day it became harder to fit everything in. I felt the tension and impatience and even some bitterness creep into my heart and mind.
[inlinetweet prefix=”Tweet this” tweeter=”” suffix=””]Until I finally realized I had to stop. Stop living for my list. For myself. Leave the list of my own accomplishments behind. Sit at the feet of Jesus. Choose what is better. It cannot be taken away from me.[/inlinetweet]
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