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Mary and Martha Part 2

Updated: Jan 26

Luke 10:38-42 (This scripture is from the previous lesson.)

John 12:1-8

Mary is an example of humility, submission and complete adoration of Jesus. I can picture her sitting at his feet, gazing up at Him while he would teach. When she poured the expensive perfume on his feet, Judas was quick to chastise her. Although the bible points out Judas most likely had selfish motives, one could see his practical point. It's not that Jesus didn't believe in helping the poor, but He knew Mary's heart and saw it as an act of pure worship. In both scriptures we see Mary being fully present when she was with Jesus, appreciating and savoring every moment she had with Him. We have so many distractions today. (Yes, I’m looking at you, smartphone.) The world moves at a lightning-fast pace and we are constantly being pulled in many directions at once. I challenge myself daily to be fully present in my relationships with both God and the people around me. Though I am nowhere near mastering this, here are a few suggestions that have helped me improve in this area. I will be honest. It took me years to get into the habit of setting aside a quiet time each day to read the Bible and pray, but it has had a huge impact on my faith and my relationship with God. Each morning I pour a cup of coffee and curl up on the couch with my Bible, or Bible App (As you can see I have a love-hate relationship with my phone…So distracting, yet so convenient). It is has become a part of my daily routine that I look forward to. When I am in church, I often find my mind racing with my mental to-do list and other distracting thoughts. I literally pray to God every time I enter to quiet my mind so I can worship Him with Mary-like adoration. Just as Mary recognized how precious her time was with Jesus on earth, we should also be mindful that the time we have with our loved ones during this life is limited. We only have a precious number of years that our children live under our roof where we have the opportunity to train them up in the way they should go. Some of the ways I have tried to be more fully present with my family is to make a concerted effort to put my cell phone away, and ask my family members do the same, at the dinner table, in the car (“Put down your phone and tell me about your day, PLEASE.”) and when we are spending time together as a family. Just before bed is a great time to spend a few one-on-one moments with my children, ending with a nighttime prayer. Sometimes it’s hard to be fully present with my husband simply because we are both so busy and exhausted. This was especially true when our kids were young. I am a huge fan of regular date nights. We were blessed with our wonderful babysitter, Miss Lisa, who became like a part of the family. Knowing our kids were in good hands, and having a blast, gave us a chance to go out, relax and focus on each other. And when I get that precious time with my girlfriends or other family members, I make sure that actually spending time together takes priority over lavish preparations. Going for a walk together, whether it’s with my spouse, child or friend, is a wonderful time to be fully present with someone, while getting a little fresh air and exercise (Bonus!). However, you are able to spend time with the people in your life, work on being present and enjoying the moment. I have not known anyone who at the end of their life say they wish they had spent less time with their loved ones.

1. What can you do to be more fully present in your relationship with Jesus?

2. List the important people in your life and write down some ways you can be more fully present in your time with them.

You can read more about Mary and Martha and their faith in John 11:17-44.


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