“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Luke 10:41-42
Most guys don’t like being compared to a woman, even if in a positive sense, e.g. “you do that well, just like your mom.” In this story, though Martha may be doing what would be typical of a woman in that culture, or even many cultures today, how she is doing it is often more typical of a man. A friend of mine posted a comment relating that her husband asked her about dates and procedures and even how old he was while filling out a medical exam. These are things he may have been able to figure out himself, but was just easier to ask and she was able to help. Most guys are not known for their time management or organizational skills, even if they have a pretty decent memory. If we do something a bunch of times, it gets easier to coordinate and get things done more efficiently, but throw us into something new and it may take a while. There are many things trying to distract us each day from what is truly important. Are you aware of your weaknesses as much as your strengths?
Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? Matthew 6:27
If Jesus were to stop and visit you today, what would you spend your time doing or talking about? Would you try to share about all the things you have accomplished in your life, and talk about what you have done and plan to do? If you had a 20 minute notice, would you try to clean up your place a bit and get some food ready for him? Would you have questions, ask him to help you in some way, or just sit and visit a while? Jesus said Mary was doing the most appropriate thing that day in just sitting and listening. If you choose to talk to Jesus today, would you do the same thing as if he was physically present with you? I ask myself the same thing and question why I get distracted by so many things in my life each day that don’t have much eternal consequence. If you are like me at all, maybe we should all re-prioritize what we spend our time doing and who we talk to and listen to each day. These things create habits that can be beneficial, not only to us, but to others in our lives as well. May you choose wisely today!
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
Yours in Christ,