Finding the Balance
Jesus says Mary is the model, in this gospel story. (Mary sits at the foot of Jesus.) But Martha is the reality, for most of us. (She hurries about the kitchen alone, feeling overworked.) Martha is the person in their house who sees that everything gets done. We live in a Martha world. Everyone is just too busy. There doesn’t seem to be enough time to commune with God. A big part of my job, as pastor, is to challenge you to serve your neighbors, to attend worship regularly, to promote mission, to donate canned goods to the Food Bank, and to bring our children and grandchildren to Sunday School every week. At times, we feel like the church expects us to be Marthas, while Jesus seems to prefer the way Mary sits at His feet and listens. What's at issue is whether or not it's possible to be Mary in a Martha world. We can be both, if we keep our lives in proper balance and try to listen a little more to what Jesus is trying to say to us.
We all need to remember to focus on something besides ourselves. "Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things," Jesus tells her. Martha gets criticized, and it may seem unfair. There’s nothing wrong with preparing a good meal. She is right in asking for help, but she needs to make time to listen to Jesus, as Mary does. When we spend time with Christ, praying and reading the Bible, what we gain from those moments is lasting.
Here are a few suggestions for achieving spiritual balance, as we enter a busy new school year. Strive for excellence, not perfection. Live one day at a time. Build margins in your life for the unexpected. Learn to laugh at yourself. Jesus said we choose how our lives will be. He wants our lives to be balanced—and that balance begins with Him.
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