Work and Life.. is there balance? Part Three

Dear ones! Here is part three from Amanda!

 

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Let’s turn to Luke 10: 38-42.  You know the one.  Yep.  That’s right.  We’re going to talk about Mary and Martha.  We can learn a lot from these two ladies.

38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 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!”

41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one.[a] Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

A more loving rebuke I have never heard.  Leave it to the Savior of our souls to come up with something sweet, caring and stern all at the same time.

You may be asking yourself, “What did Martha do wrong?  She was busy with the work of the Lord, serving others in her home to glorify the Savior and his work.”  Hmmm.  Yep.  You’re pretty much exactly right.  Notice Jesus didn’t say, “Martha, Martha.  You are SO WRONG, girl.  Get it together.  What’s wrong with you?”  I believe the Lord looked at her much like we do our children when we see in their eyes that they are working so hard to do it right and to please us but they just don’t quite get it yet.   He gently and soothingly ministers directly to Martha’s need when he corrects her.  He speaks to her worry and stress.  Her desire to be and have everything just perfect has distracted her from what is truly important – her personal well-being and spiritual wholeness.  Martha has done what SO many of have done.  She has bought into the lie that so many of us have as well.  She needs to be all things to all people.  Hmmm…not possible.  She needs to have it “all together”.  Hmmm…not possible.  She needs to have everything in place and meet the expectations of those around her.   Hmmm…not possible.

So she is pretty much banging her poor head against a brick wall she will never ever crack.  Poor Mary and poor all the rest of us doing the same thing.

Does she not remember that the LORD OF ALL, THE SAVIOR is in her home speaking and sharing words of wisdom, encouragement, well-being.  Whatever he’s saying is not the point.  The point is, MARTHA, GOD is in your presence.  Why are you fussing about?  Don’t you get it?!?  You NEED time with him. You NEED to glean from him.  You NEED to breathe in his presence and just “be” with him.

Mary is doing what the Lord tells us to do.  She is taking care of her own spiritual well being.  The Lord speaks to us over and over again about caring for our bodies.  Don’t you think he cares that we take care of and feed our spirit?

 

Let’s ask the Word.

3 John 1:2 says, “Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul. “

Proverbs 4:23 tells us to “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.”

Colossians 3:1-25 pretty much commands “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death therefore what is earthly in you.”

It’s hard to dispute that our Heavenly Father cares that we take care of ourselves.  It’s sort of like depending on a car that hasn’t had a tune up in 10 years, has bald tires and is low on fuel to drive your family across the country.   It’s not a smart move and chances are that someone is going to get hurt or at the very least, stranded on the side of the road.

We are naturally created to nurture and care for others.  He doesn’t want us to deny that but he does want us to remember that we are no good to anyone else if we don’t make sure our own “tank” is full and our “engine” is in tune with the Holy Spirit.

While you’re planning your week or if you are like me, while you are flying around by the seat of your pants trying to hold all your plates in the air, take even 5 or 10 minutes a day to quietly connect with Him.  If the only place you can find quiet is the bathroom GO IN THE BATHROOM.  Close the door, turn on the running water to drown out whatever is going on outside the door and focus on your creator and the source.  Go to the well every day so that you don’t dehydrate.  Your Father thinks you are worth it and is depending on you.

In love and my own flawed imperfection,

Amanda

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Mrs A is the founder of Proverbs 31 Jewels. Blissfully married to Mr. A and mother of five gifts from heaven. A Coffee Loving, Child & Dog Chasing, Homeschooling mom and a college student attending Liberty University. She is a devoted Jesus Follower and loves to dig into the Word!

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