Beanery Online Literary Magazine

April 1, 2009

Are you a Martha or a Mary? Lent Devotion #38

BEANERY ONLINE LITERARY MAGAZINE

ARE YOU A MARTHA or a MARY? Lent Devotion #38

Tom Groomes

SCRIPTURE: Luke 10: 38-40  Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.”(NKJV)
DEVOTION: I arose at 5:45 a.m. that July Sunday morning, feeling the beauty of a new day. The ground was wet with heavy dew; the sun was beginning to warm the day. The birds sang as if they too were praising our Lord for his marvelous creation of this earth.
     While other family members slept on, I decided to enter the quiet of my church to read Scripture.
     As I entered the sanctuary I noticed the dirt from the previous day’s work crew. They’d been constructing a picnic pavilion.
     I set my Bible aside and began cleaning, so when other church members arrived they wouldn’t be distracted by the mess, as I was distracted.
     That is the story of my life. It seems there is one distraction after another. There is the sense of not being able to keep up.
     Relationship versus work. Like Martha and Mary, I have to choose the role I take. The conflict is real. And the distractions go on.    
     Which lifestyle characterizes your personality? Are you a Martha or a Mary? Or have you managed to find the middle ground, filling the role of each at the appropriate moment?
PRAYER: Lord, I don’t like the conflict and the distractions. Help me choose to be in relationship with you and others instead of always having to do the “Martha” thing. Amen.

ADDITIONAL READING:

 DEVOTIONS—

BUSY—I’M SO BUSY!!! Lent Devotion #28

ARE YOU LIVING IMPAIRED?

Basic Biblical Teachings for the Godly and Moral Life: 1

 Ashes to Ashes: A Devotion for Ash Wednesday

The Red Tuque

Belonging to Jesus: Lent Devotion #7 

SPIRITUAL READING:

SHALOM! MY LORD AND MY GOD! The Easter Story as told by Mary

JOCHEBED & LUCY: STORIES OF ADOPTION AND MOTHER’S LOVE

NEWSFLASH: MEN ARE WAITING FOR SOME SPECIAL POWER FROM JESUS

QUINTESSENCE

Jesus

Everyday angels

God’s Message to the World

A PASTOR’S ROLE IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE Part 2

ABRAHAM, SARAH, HAGAR and sons ISHMAEL and ISAAC

WHAT? MARRY A PROSTITUTE, HOSEA ASKED GOD

DRESSING FOR BLESSING: GOD AND FASHION Part 1

FAITH THROWN OVERBOARD

I BELIEVE GOD INVENTED DANCING

CHILD ABUSE AND SCRIPTURE

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www.carolyncholland.wordpress.com

www.barbarapurbaugh.com

www.pennwriters.com

ellenspain.com

http://ligonierliving.blogspot.com/

http://www.methodists-care.org/

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