Are You a Martha or a Mary?
I want to share with you a poem that I think puts it all into proper perspective:
Martha in the kitchen seving with her hands
Occupied for Jesus with her pots and pans,
Loving Him, yet fevered, burdened to the brim
Careful, troubled Martha, occupied for Him.
Mary on the footstool, eyes upon her Lord,
Occupied with Jesus, drinking in His Word.
This one thing was needful, all else strangely dim,
Loving, resting Mary, occupied with Him.
So may we, like Mary, choose the better part.
Resting in His presence, hands and feet and heart;
Drinking in His wisdom, strengthened by His grace;
Waiting for the summons, eyes upon His face.
When it comes, we're ready, spirit, will and nerve;
Mary's heart to worship, Martha's hand to serve;
This is the rightful order, as our lamps we trim;
Occupied WITH Jesus, then occupied FOR Him.
May we first be a Mary; then we can be a good Martha!