As a parent, I have a tendency to fast forward to the future. It’s natural to want to skip diapers, the terrible twos and questioning stage. Yet, if you avoid these difficult phases, its hard to appreciate the little things in life. Thus, as my oldest son James starts his freshman year of college at Liberty University in the fall, all I can do is savor the moments.
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!” – Luke 10:40
Most people fall into one of two categories, possessing a personality like Mary or Martha. Martha’s tend to be worry warts, usually serious, struggling to slow down. Thus, in the passage above, Martha’s tunnel vision prevents her from enjoying Jesus’ visit. Frustrated by the lack of concern by her sister, Martha’s words are played out in countless households daily. Unfortunately, this character flaw steals the joy Martha should possess at this moment.
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 10:42.
Those of you who are carefree tend to fall into the Mary category. Sure, she might not be task oriented like her sister, but she longs for conversations. Eager to find out where Jesus has been, the people he’s met and progress the ministry has made, this explains the compliment Mary receives. Although it may be difficult to alter your personalty, you don’t want to miss out on the blessings God has in store for you. Therefore, with the help of the Holy Spirit, may you learn to savor the moments.
by Jay Mankus