There’s this story that has popped up a few times in the last week. About 2 ladies, one who was busy doing housework, bustling around the house like a tornado, while the other sat down and chilled a bit.
You might know the story too: Martha and Mary (Luke 10:38-42).
Jesus was visiting their house, and in natural “oh goodness we have a guest” fashion, Martha was busy preparing dinner. Mary , on the other hand, was sitting at Jesus’ feet listening to Him.
Can’t you just visualize what happens next?
Martha, of course, loses it and asks Jesus to speak to Mary about how she isn’t helping. How “unfair” it is. How overworked she is with trying to make everything “just so”.
“But the Lord said to her, ‘My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing work being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken from her.'”
Talk about a perspective change!
Mary or Martha?
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How often do we let the “urgent” take precedence over the “important”?
How often do we miss out on something amazing because we are too worried about the details?
I’ll admit, I spent a lot more time worrying and stressing and grumping like Martha. It’s natural, to some extent, isn’t it? We want to look our best and often want things to appear perfectly, whether it’s our house, food, clothes, or kids.
There is a time and a place for both: to be like Martha and to be like Mary. It’s not wrong to take care of housework sometimes, nor is it wrong to sit back and be present.
But, just like Martha, when we stress too much about the small things, we might miss our chance to take part in something really big. Like coffee time with a friend in need, snuggle time with a little one, or a heart-to-heart with someone you care about. Because, friends, those are the big things.
Not whether all the dishes are clean, clothes are folded, and toys put away. That might be magazine-cover-ready perfect, but it’s not real life. And if we spend too much time trying to make our reality magazine-cover-ready, we will miss out on real life.
So ask yourself today: Are you going to be like Martha, or Mary?
Don’t get me wrong, there’s a time and place for both. Just don’t miss out on living while you’re trying to create a perfect life.
Posting today with Holly over at Testimony Tuesday. It’s been awhile since I posted there, so I’m excited to be back!