ONE THING!

27 Jun

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Mary and Martha were two sisters in the Bible and Jesus was on the way to their home. Do you resonate with either one of them? Honestly sometimes for me I am Mary and sometimes a Martha.

Martha was busy.  I can be or I can be too, but I also know how to relax and there are times I am lazy.  Martha was a worrier and oh I am too when company is coming.   Is this you too wanting everything to be special for them?  Oh you should see me getting ready for company.  I am frantic – I clean baseboards, flower beds, cabinets, floors, closets, plan a menu and cook up until the moment they walk in, and then I am finishing up the food and on and on never sitting down until after the dishes are done.  I know me and how I act when family or friends come.  What would I do if I knew Jesus was coming to my house?  Now that scares me, but I realize He is here every day seeing my messes and my hurrying and those times I am lazy and should be cleaning and organizing.

I would say in years past I have been more of a Martha.  I worked,  raised a family,  went to college, all kinds of jobs at church.  I liked “to do” lists.  Oh yes I did and I felt so satisfied and delighted to mark a task off my list.  Today even though I still have “to do” lists if that list is not finished, I have learned there is no need to worry about it – it is just a list, just a plan.  I have learned it is o.k. if something important like being with  people  I love comes up.   I honestly strive to keep a good balance between getting things done and loving people.  My to-do list should not get in the way of relationships.  If it does, something is wrong!

Are you busy with too many things (raising children, working outside the home,   church,  sports, caring for elderly parents), and are those things keeping you so busy that you do not even have time to spend in God’s word?  I was that woman, I was Martha just like many other Christians,  who believe that their busyness is important.  I was so exhausted all the time I did not have time to do much more than read a few scriptures or a daily devotion – but really I was not studying them or  breaking them down to see how they could speak to me if I studied.  Mary sit at Jesus’ feet and focused on him.  How my life has changed when I started really focusing on a scripture or two.

I believe there is a lesson to be learned from these women and that is balance – a little Mary and a little Martha.   I need to know when to work and when to sit at Jesus’ feet and Jesus has finally taught me that.

It makes me laugh sometimes when I look at my list and nothing is crossed off, and I know  it is okay.   I trust that it is God working to make me what He would have me be and I just have to stop and say “THANK YOU JESUS” for allowing me to be a blessing today.  My to-do list that day may not have included a telephone call or text to run to help a loved one, to take a meal to someone coming home from the hospital, to bake something for a new neighbor, to go with my husband to take a freezer of ice cream to neighbors (one of which is in bed with alzheimers), to rush to the hospital to be with hurting friends or family, to meet friends for lunch, to go to a funeral home to love on friends who are hurting deeply, to jump in the car on Sunday afternoon and take my mother-in-law for a ice cream treat. That unplanned thing not on my to-do list is what is important in my  life and to my Lord.

 I know  how hard it is to change “old habits”.  I started small and so can you.  I started in an on-line Bible study (OBS) because of flexibility at MelissaTaylor.Org where I can go on-line 24/7 with women all over the world.
Another small step was sitting aside a specific time.  Make your time with him before your feet hit the floor – spend some time in prayer or reading your Bible, or do it when your feet hit the bed in the evening.  Make time with Jesus a priority.   Mine starts as soon as my husband walks out the door to go to work.  I spend my first few hours each morning in study before I do any “Martha” house cleaning.  I am “Mary” first, “Martha” second, and somedays I would love to be Mary all day in my pajamas.
I hope you too will make some kind of commitment to being more like Mary.  If so I would love to hear your thoughts, ideas and suggestions right here.  Please SHARE!
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9 Responses to “ONE THING!”

  1. bethsportsmomma (OBS Group Leader) June 27, 2013 at 8:32 am #

    Oh girl! Another great blog post! I have to admit I got tickled reading about your preparations when company is coming. It made me think back to when I was little and Grand-daddy and Grand-mommy were coming for a visit. Oh, the cleaning that took place those few days before they arrived. And you made me really reflect on the thought of what would the preparations be like if Jesus was coming to visit. But then I stop and think of Matthew 23:25:
    25 “How horrible it will be for you, experts in Moses’ Teachings and Pharisees! You hypocrites! You clean the outside of cups and dishes. But inside they are full of greed and uncontrolled desires.

    I do not want all of my preparations to be about cleaning the outside when it’s the inside that He cares about. I so want to be like Mary- who spent time sitting at Jesus’ feet allowing Him to polish and refine the inside of her “cup”.

    Love your statement that you are a “Mary” first and a “Martha” second! And yes!! I so agree with you that joining Melissa’s OBS has been such a big help in helping me become more of a “Mary”

    My commitment to become more like Mary- I want to spend more quality time in prayer! I want my prayer life to be more focused!

    Thank you for such a great post!!

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  2. Katrina Wylie June 27, 2013 at 10:13 am #

    Debbie, I re-started with OBS too, and then God used the studies and woman to grow my time with Him into so much more! He is so Good!

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  3. mrsmontjoy June 27, 2013 at 12:40 pm #

    Great post! I agree. Be a Mary first, Martha second. Find the balance. I too am working on that. 🙂

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  4. Marilyn June 27, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

    Love your statement that you are a “Mary” first and a “Martha” second, that is my goal. Also like this in your blog I do not have to be a total Martha or Mary, but need to learn that there is a balance. “I need to know when to work and when to sit at Jesus’ feet and Jesus has finally taught me that.” Through OBS I have found that it keeps be accountable to spend time with God in quietness I grow closer to Him. I started blogging maybe during my second OBS to record what God is saying to me. I love reading others blogs, they are so encouraging.I always felt doing in the Church was what had to be done but have realized that God does not ask for the doing but for me to put Him first and then the other things He wants for me will fall into place. In my season of life now I can’t do as much but can share God and encourage people and pray for them and allow God to use me. Thanks for your post today.

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  5. LK June 27, 2013 at 5:02 pm #

    Love this: I am “Mary” first, “Martha” second.
    Great blog; thank you for sharing your heart!

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  6. graceitsagodthing June 27, 2013 at 8:07 pm #

    Love this! I am striving to be a Mary first, if I can get my Martha self out of the way!

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