Motivation Monday: Mary, Martha, & Me

Hello friends! I want to apologize for not posting this on Monday.  I had a severe case of project mismanagement and this blog post got pushed to the bottom of my list two weeks in a row! I’m so thankful for your understanding. It’s a good thing motivation is helpful no matter what day of the week it is! (Below is an entry from my journal dated three years ago)



Tonight I felt like I was buzzing around like a little bee; trying to accomplish this and that before bedtime.  Consciously, I wondered, what do my children see? Do they see their mother joyfully attending her household responsibilities? Or do they see a woman frantically moving from one task to another as if racing against an invisible stopwatch?

Before going to bed I (unintentionally) read the following passage from Luke 10:39-42:

And she (Martha) had a sister called Mary who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching.  But Martha was distracted with much serving.  And she went up to him and said, ” Lord do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.  But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion which will not be taken away from her.”

Do you see that? Martha was distracted with serving.  Missing the blessing right in front of her because she was distracted by her responsibilities.

I could easily substitute my name for Martha’s in the passage above.  After all, the doing of the day must be done, right? Papers don’t file themselves, laundry doesn’t fold itself, and meals don’t cook themselves.  Yet, in all my doing, I must not allow what’s important to be overshadowed by all my “to-do’s”.

This is a struggle for me. Especially since I tend to focus on “doing” instead of “being”.  I’m not claiming to be an expert in the solution. So I’d love to hear from you.

How do you keep your focus on what’s important?



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  1. Finding that balance is always the goal. We do have to get essential things done, and they do require work and attention on our part. For me, starting the day with scripture and prayer starts me off with the mind of Christ. Then prayer and scripture throughout the day can bring my soul back to focusing on Christ and that joy that He gives. My Hope is that He is always making things new in me and he is continually opening my blind eyes to see His mercies and His miracles that are right in front of me.

    • Hi Julie! Thank you for sharing. I have found that prayer and time in the Scripture is vital at the start of each day. When I miss that appointment with the Lord I can feel the difference.

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