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Choosing To Be A “Mary”

on January 3, 2016

I try not to ever make New Year’s Resolutions. If there is one thing I know about myself, it is that IF I ever make a resolution, I quickly let myself down.  January 1st, I am all about the change and how I’m going to be bikini ready by May. (Insert laugh here) Yet, already by January 5th I have already let go of that resolution because (being completely honest here) I simply love food too much to ever go on any type of diet. I love bread. I love sweets. I love chocolate, although my kidney stones don’t.  So, I get discouraged because it’s something I can’t follow through on.

I have also started off the new year by saying that I vow to read the bible every single day for a year. So, I begin a bible reading plan beginning with Genesis. I can’t tell you how many times I have read Genesis, so I decide to skip a few days and then before I know it, I’ve lost track of the plan. Again, please bare with me while I am being completely honest here. Again, I get discouraged because again, I’ve let myself down.

So, this year I have decided that I’m not even going to think about any kind of resolution. I know myself well enough that I won’t follow through with any plan or diet or any resolution-ish type thing, so I am just not going to do it. This year, instead of a resolution,  I just want to resolve to simply be a better me.

Tonight when we got home, I had some free time, so I decided to do a little bible study while the kids and Ray were occupied. Emaleigh came and sat next to me and asked to join me. We sat together and had a little bible study together. It was awesome. We read the story of when Jesus goes to visit Mary and Martha. Martha is so busy preparing everything that needed to be done for Jesus’ visit, and her sister Mary sat and the feet of Jesus the whole time and didn’t help Martha. Martha asks Jesus to tell Mary to get up off her behind and help (not in those words) because she has done everything and this is how Jesus responds:

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41

As I was reading this with Emaleigh, I began thinking about my own life and how much of a Martha I am. Sometimes, I feel like I am so busy being a Martha, that I miss out on the reason I’m making all of the preparations. I know that Martha loved God just as Mary did, but I think she missed out on very special time with Jesus because she was occupied with the household chores. I feel like I am always doing “chores” around the house (obviously that’s one of my jobs as a stay at home mom), but I need to realize that it’s ok to let the laundry pile up, have dishes in the sink, and so on to not only spend time with God, but put all of that to the side to spend time with my family that isn’t distracted by folding laundry or “hold on let me clean this real quick” excuses.

I don’t want to miss out on time with God. All of the “stuff” that I have to get done will still be here at the end of the day. I don’t want to be consumed with busywork anymore. So, in order for me to become a better me, I need to quit thinking like a Martha.

In a world full of Martha’s and Mary’s…in 2016 I am choosing to be a Mary. Even if I go back to being a Martha, I know that won’t be a letdown to myself because I know that whether I am being a Martha or a Mary, God loves me just the same.

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2 responses to “Choosing To Be A “Mary”

  1. Sally Glade says:

    I really like your thoughts on this. I know that no matter what we do or choose, Jesus already paid the price for our sins and thus we r forgiven! We need not try to pay the price again, it would always fall short of the perfection God expects! Great job on the blog!

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