Do you remember the story of Mary and Martha in Luke 10? You know, the one where Martha was busy preparing a feast for Jesus and his disciples and she complained to Jesus that her sister, Mary wasn’t helping?? Jesus told Martha that Mary had chosen the better thing.
I have a confession… I always want to defend Martha to Jesus in this story. I mean, what would everyone have eaten if it wasn’t for Martha? Would Jesus have even wanted to come to Martha’s house she had not made it so inviting to begin with?
My husband did a teaching on this passage one time. He pointed out that Martha didn’t choose the wrong thing, Mary just chose the better thing.
You see it’s not that Martha was supposed to stop being hospitable, it’s just that she had things out of order. She put serving others before knowing Jesus.
I’ll never forget what my husband said in that teaching… He said it’s ok to be busy doing good things but you must learn to sit before you serve.
The Lord has been reminding me of that simple line all week. He has been whispering to me, “Holly, you gotta sit before you serve.” I am knee deep in holiday season. I’m planning for parties, gathering gifts, decorating for Christmas, and all this on top of homework, piano lessons, cooking dinner and all the other every day stuff. All of this has to get done, no doubt about it.
The problem is if I don’t steal some time away with God every day, in the midst of this craziness I will miss the whole point of Christmas and so will my family and the people I lead. Christmas is about celebrating Jesus and if I accomplish all the other stuff but wind up frazzled, frustrated and focused on myself in the process I have missed the entire point.
I hope you know I am preaching to myself in this post. But the good news is it is only December 4th. No damage has been done. I can plan ahead. I can set goals and parameters about what time I get up and how much tv I watch in the evenings. I can start a bible reading plan on YouVersion and set up some accountability.
This holiday season is not going to get the best of me. I can have peace and joy AND get attempt to get everything done as long as I sit before I serve.