Do you have that friend or family member that always tries to get out of work? I remember as children, we were quick to point out if a sibling wasn’t pulling their weight in whatever chore at hand. And as high school students, we quickly complained if we were doing more work than another. We were huge on things being FAIR, or perceived as equal.
Interestingly, as we aged into adulthood, did we really get any better or more mature? Thinking of various places of employment, it’s always the same – there were always the worker bees, while others chatted and hung out. Can you guess which one I was?
And now, married and as a parent, I’m always in the kitchen preparing meals, washing dishes, between loads of laundry, etc. I recall just as we relocated from Southern CA to Central Oregon, and into our new home, my husband’s step-sister announced to everyone that Thanksgiving would be hosted by us. (we just moved into the new home in middle of Oct. – essentially living out of boxes still) but we said, “sure.” To avoid looking like the bad guy.
The day of, I was a nervous wreck ensuring we put on a proper holiday affair, and I was running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off…hahahah…So I completely identify with Martha when she asked Jesus to make Mary help her in the kitchen. Poor Martha is running around like mad to ensure to get food provided for their guests, be a good hostess, and Mary was just lounging with Jesus. Feed us woman.
38 As they continued their travel, Jesus entered a village. A woman by the name of Martha welcomed him and made him feel quite at home. 39 She had a sister, Mary, who sat before the Master, hanging on every word he said. 40 But Martha was pulled away by all she had to do in the kitchen. Later, she stepped in, interrupting them. “Master, don’t you care that my sister has abandoned the kitchen to me? Tell her to lend me a hand.” 41 The Master said, “Martha, dear Martha, you’re fussing far too much and getting yourself worked up over nothing. 42 One thing only is essential, and Mary has chosen it – it’s the main course, and won’t be taken from her.” – Luke 10:38-42
*The needs of the spirit are more important than the comfort of our body. To understand and obey Jesus’ teaching is better than all our busyness with earthly concerns.