Luke 10:38-42 tells the story of Martha and her sister Mary. Jesus was in a certain village where Martha lived. She invited Him into her home. Being the good hostess that she was, she ran around preparing and serving food. Yet Mary sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to his teachings. At some point Martha got flustered and was probably annoyed and a little angry that her sister was not helping. She confronted Jesus and complained about having to do all the work. Jesus replied to her by saying “Martha, Martha you are anxious and troubled about many things; there is need of only one. Mary has chosen the good portion, which shall not be taken away from her.” (Luke10:41-42)
Wow! I read this and found myself relating to Martha. I felt bad for her! After all, she meant well. I guess I’m more like Martha than Mary. Cleaning, cooking, checking off the never ending “to do” list. But Mary had it right all along.
As a New Year unfolds, I’ll try to listen, love and laugh more. Accept others as they are. Give generously of my time and resources and be grateful to God for all his blessings. In other words, I’ll choose the good portion, which matters most.