Just Call Me “Martha”.

Dear Readers,

Let me set the scene.

Jesus is coming over. THE Christ. THE One and Only Messiah. Oh yeah, He is also bringing along 12 of his buddies. You have two loads of laundry in the wash. The dishes aren’t clean. The dog is barking. You are out of milk. Dinner is not even close to being ready, and guess what… you hear a knock at your door.

As Jesus and his 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 few things are needed-or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:38-42)

In my life, it seems that I am consumed by my Martha mentality. I will do my devotional after I sleep an extra 10 minutes. I will go on a prayer walk after I vacuum the living room. I will spend my time as though it is mine alone. And at the end of my day, when I am spent, anxiety-ridden, and feeling my lowest, I spend what little daylight I have left in His presence, and I rush through reading a chapter in my Bible. The next day, I repeat the unhealthy, unfulfilling cycle. I do this until I am hysterical with my husband or fatigued beyond my limits, or depressed, and I claim that “I don’t know why.”  But I do know why. It is because I have not chosen “what is better”, rather I have chosen what has never and will never sustain me. The result:

  • Everything seems to be at the very top of my to-do list.
  • I am over-concerned with chores and trivial tasks.
  • I have little interest with resting at the feet of Jesus.
  • I am always reaching my limit because I forget to rely on the true source of energy and strength.

While the solution is clear, it is not always easy for me. After all, groceries must be bought, dinner must be cooked, paperwork must be completed.

But in actuality as Jesus said, “few things are needed -or indeed ONLY one”.

Precious time spent with my Jesus.

Here are the questions I am learning to ask myself:

  1. Do I feel too busy?
  2. Am I okay with unfinished tasks if it means more time in the Word?
  3. What can be eliminated altogether, designated to another day, or delegated to another person so that I can have the peace and rest I so desperately need in Christ?

My prayer is that this reality of our human frailty and the manner in which God designed us to not only rely on Him, but fellowship with Him will penetrate your heart and mine.

Be blessed. Be free.

Brittany Stanford


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