“Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” ~ Luke 10:38-42
We are already nearing Christmas Eve and plans that I had to bake or buy or clean haven’t all been finished. There are gifts I wanted to purchase or send that didn’t happen. There are cookies I hoped to bake that I didn’t get too and areas I wanted to tidy at home that I didn’t even get close to doing.
I’m choosing to remember today to choose the better thing that Mary choose, and that was worship. I’m choosing today to sit at the feet of my Lord and worship.
I’m choosing today to serve with a heart of love and thanks for the family the Lord has gifted me with.
I’m choosing today to ease my husband’s burden in any way I can and to love and cherish my time with him.
I’m choosing today to love my children well. That they know they have a mother who loves them not perfectly as our Lord does, but who does love them unconditionally and enjoys being with them always just because they are mine.
I’m choosing today to laugh and love and play with my grandbabies and not miss one smile or laugh or hug or one delightful expression.
I’m choosing today to be mindful to give thanks in and through all things.
I’m choosing today to be reminded there are many hurts we all dealing with and at Christmas, the pains of losses and hurts and pressures and insecurities can seem to be a bit heavier at times. I pray that I would love my family well and that the Lord would give me some insight into their hearts. I pray that I would give them the gift of my presence.
My prayer is that I would love well, that I would see the needs before me of this family I love so much as we are together and that the Lord would help me to continually point to Him.
I need to be intentional and prayerful to not miss the wonder of the Christmas season, the truth of Jesus – Immanuel – God with us an amazing truth! The God of the whole universe took on human flesh to live and walk among us as one of us, so He could take our sins upon Himself and die for us – an undeserving, wretched people. We have much to be thankful for.
Serving with a Changed Heart:
What I love most about that passage above is that we see Martha started out serving and this quote below from Charles Spurgeon reminds me that her fault was not in that she served:
“The condition of a servant well becomes every Christian. Her fault was that she grew encumbered with much serving so that she forgot him and only remembered the service.”