The Master said, “Martha, dear Martha, you’re fussing far too much and getting yourself worked up over nothing.” Luke 10:41-42
Mary and Martha hosted a supper party for Jesus. Martha took it upon herself to do all the work, while Mary sat at the feet of Jesus listening intently to everything he said. Jesus didn’t find fault in Martha’s hospitality—just that she became worked up because Mary didn’t offer to help. From this episode, Martha is known as the workaholic and Mary a slacker. In reality, everyone needs to be a little of each–an M&M.
I use a balance chart in workshops for participants to see how they use the hours in the day. Most people have enough time in the day to spend with God, but need to find a time slot. As a young mother, I built in time before going to bed to do a daily devotion and prayer. However, by the time I’d been a Martha all day, I fell asleep with the Bible open on my lap and didn’t have a Mary experience.
Now that I am retired, my balance wheel looks different because I can choose the activities to fill each twenty-four hour day. My mornings begin as a Mary, as does the end of the day. And, the Martha in me is learning that all work and no play makes me a dull writer!
Dear Lord, help me throughout the day to take a little of Mary with me while I’m being a Martha. Amen.