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Marys and Marthas

“But Martha was distracted by much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone?  Therefore tell her to help me.”  Luke 10:40

Lisa Rippey is the only woman I know who totally exhibits Mary and Martha.  She never lords her gifts over anyone in her sphere of influence.  Can I say she is amazing?  I guess I just did.  She uses her gifts all to the honor and glory of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Which will you be?  Mary or Martha?  Honestly, the church needs both.  Many tend to condemn Martha for all of her “doings.”  Marthas are the ones who organize and get things done.  When her OCD kicks in; there is no stopping her.  I wish we could buy “Martha” pills.  You might be thinking; “Libby, what do you mean?”

For someone who probably has a little ADHD; I can be easily distracted.  My “Mary” heart is guilty of flittering to and fro, sometimes accomplishing little to nothing.  What’s a woman to do?

All you Marthas would say; “Make a list.  Check it twice.”  I do. Then I can’t find my list.  I hear you Marthas laughing.

I want to suggest to you that Marys and Marthas make a good team.  Marys are more contemplative and Marthas are focused on the task at hand.  Marys and Marthas need one another.

                          What aggravates the stew out of you about a friend, family member or                                                                 co-worker;  is the very thing that causes the two of you to be a good team.

Here’s the thing; you must give a lot of grace to your polar opposite.  Other wise you will be fighting each other all the time.

                             The “my way or the highway mentality” is counter productive.  

Marys and Marthas are each fearfully and wonderfully made. Your soul must know that very well.  Stop demanding that Marys become Marthas and Marthas become Marys.  Stop judging one another because Mary’s house is messy and sister Martha’s pencils are in the drawer all lined up, with lead and erasers pointed in the same direction.

                                              God wants you to be who He created you to be.

 

Prayer:

God, You are so amazing!  Help me to accept who You made me to be.  I know I am fearfully and wonderfully made. May I give grace to the Marys and Marthas of this world.  May I acknowledge the fact that it takes both to accomplish Your kingdom purposes.  May Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  In Jesus Name.  Amen

 

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Libby Williams

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