Monday, December 15, 2008

Martha or Mary?

This passage re-struck me this week:

Luke 10:38-42
As Jesus and disciples were on their way, He came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to Him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet listening to what He said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to Him and asked, "Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!"

"Martha, Martha," the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her."

Although I can identify with both women, I tend to exhibit the characteristics of Martha more prominently. I try to juggle the "ball" of Christianity with the countless other "balls" of responsibility I seek to balance in my life, rather than putting on the uniform of Christianity that will transform the way I play out on the court.*** This story is a much needed reminder to stop the hustle and bustle, and come kneel quietly at the feet of our Lord.

***This original metaphor was created by Sarah.