I praise God that I was in an audience this week of when our pastor spoke on Mary and Martha.  He offered the devotion as a ‘reminder’.  WOW.  It was a ‘reminder’ that I definitely needed to hear.  And I imagine someone else out there needs the same reminder, so here you go.


Luke 10:38-42

Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she 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.”


In this passage, we are seeing in clear view that Martha is missing the moment because of the tasks at hand.  She is so consumed with the preparations of the meal.  Martha was unable to keep her focus on Jesus because she was so frustrated with Mary. 


More times than not, I find myself being Martha.  Trying to juggle all of the responsibilities I carry.  Just as Martha, I work hard and I always have the best intention at heart but I can easily allow myself to have a ‘Martha Moment’.  As a reminder to my day, I have posted a sign in my office that says ‘Don’t Be Martha’.  So, that I can embrace the moment at hand to sit at the feet of our Savior, Jesus Christ. 


Thank you for taking the time to read,

Nancy E. Hill



Mary and Martha

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