Friday, January 20, 2012

How a Martha Becomes a Mary

My mom’s church has a weekly email that is sent out to their members and since they have been without a pastor my mom has taken on this responsibility. I know that I am partial, but I have to admit she does a tremendous job. In fact, the last few devotions have been more focused on her journey and it has been nice to get a glimpse into her spirit.

For those reading this who are unfamiliar with my mom, let me give you a little background. My mom is Thee-Worker-Bee. If something needs to be done, she not only will take care of it, but she will do it with excellence. She has always been this way (life, home, church). My mom was diagnosed with ovarian cancer a few months back and I gently and compassionately told her and my dad that they need to take a step back and focus on themselves and Jesus…and they listened.

My mother has always been the worker, like Martha. She always said, “We need Martha’s! We can’t have everyone worshipping at the feet of Jesus.” Since her diagnosis, she has had the opportunity to transform into a Mary…and she loves every minute of it. Take some time and read about how a Martha becomes a Mary.


Good Morning Family,

But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are so upset over all these details! There is really only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it…and I won’t take it away from her.”
Luke 10:41-42

I have always been someone who worries about everything. I've also been guilty of trying to control everything. I really love planning and organizing, but sometimes I would become overwhelmed by all the details. It didn't matter if it was a party for my family or organizing a church campaign, I could become crazy with worry. In fact, there were many nights when I would lay awake going over the details in my head. I wanted everything to be perfect.

My motives were pure, but my joy would be lost, because my motives became an obligation. I remember saying “what would this world/church do without Martha's.” I desperately wanted to be a Mary, but it was not my nature. Oh yeah, and all this stuff had to get me! At least, that's what I used to think.

During my journey, God has taken all worry from me and I know, without a doubt, Who is in control. I do not lay awake worrying about tomorrow. I am too busy enjoying today.

You see, I have always been a Martha. I know this may sound silly to some, but God has blessed me during this time in my life. God has given me the chance to be a Mary. And I'm loving the chance to sit at His feet and soak up His love. I have never been so happy, felt so blessed or experienced so much contentment in my whole life!



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