Day 23 in 30 Days to live, and Martha must die. Or at least her domineering part. She seems to loom over me, pushing Mary far down into the dark depths where it is impossible to climb out. I did not realize how dominant my Martha side really is, until I tried to release my Mary.
Martha is controlling and won’t let me have peace until I have done the busy work she requires. Every morning, I have the same routine and even when I am reading my devotional, she tries to start ticking off the “to do” list for the day. She can be loud and obnoxious when demanding my attention!
I read somewhere that wealthy people have a better quality of life because they relax on weekends. You know, take trips and do activities pleasurable to them. What do we do on weekends? Fix the house, run errands, and continue working, only in different capacities. Martha strikes again!
And don’t say that they have money to pay people to do their busy work! Don’t remind me their bulging accounts allow them to pursue these luxurious trips! Because, I believe their Martha is only dominant during the work week and Mary comes out to play on the weekends!
Now, I am sure domineering Martha must die!
I can see how Martha slowly crept in over the years, taking over more and more territory. Somewhere in my own mindset was the “once this is done, then we will take a break” or “when we retire, we will have the time”. I should know better than most, that we might not make it to retirement! Who promised us tomorrow, much less ten to twenty years from now? No one and certainly not God.
In James 4:14 we are told, “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”
If I do have tomorrow, I will plot against Martha. She will have to learn to take the back seat to Mary! Yes, that is what I will do, this little mist will truly live!