Mary’s attitude in Martha’s world
“As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named martha opened her home for him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked:” Lord,, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered,”you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed- or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her” Luke 10:38-42
Many Christian women are raised as people pleasers. We need to learn to please God first. I am not telling you not to cater to your children’s immediate needs, what I am saying is: do not overload yourselves with tasks that can be overlooked or delegated. You do not have to volunteer to bake cupcakes for your child’s class bake sale if you are already overwhelmed with everything else going on in your life. They will not give you a special award in heaven for juggling too many things. We often are too busy to meditate on God’s word, but we cave in to the suggestion to make flower arrangements for the upcoming party because we don’t want our friends or colleagues to be upset with us.
Learn to say no to destruction. It can be household chores, it even can be joining the ministry or volunteering at church. If it is not for you, if you pray about it and don’t have peace about it: don’t do it. When you are busy, adding one more thing on your plate would not please God, unless he specifically told you to commit to such task. Then he will sure give you the strength.