from Martha to MaryI was dragged, kicking and screaming, from a life of doing. When a friend challenged me to write a song about myself in college, “Better Busy than Bored,” was my motto and a self-fulfilling prophesy. And I have lived that to the max. Many suspect that my health issues, which began in 2009, were a result of my busy lifestyle. Chastised for not taking care of myself, the warnings rang truer and truer the more the days, months, and years passed.
Fast forward a couple of decades from those college years in which I did not sleep. I recently turned forty and I require much more sleep than I used to. I cannot handle the pace of life that I once maintained.
However, I am convinced that this is not merely a byproduct of physical aging. Rather, a spiritual maturing in transition from “doing” like Martha, to “being” like Mary. Because to everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven (Eccl. 3).
I am content sitting at the feet of Jesus without a checklist.
Being refuels my doing.
Guilt still tugs at my heartstrings when there is something to be done, but I am thrilled to see others step up and do it—probably better than I would’ve done it anyway.
The Martha in me still stays quite busy. And some of you that know me well think that my Mary should rub off a little bit more on my Martha-ness.
But, for today, I am grateful that God has allowed a bit of that transition to take place. Each of these women have things to teach us and I, for one, still have a lot to learn.

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