Relationships

Prioritize People Over Serving

Do you struggle with priorities?  I do.  I tend to prioritize other things, especially cleaning and other home management related tasks, over relationships with the people I love.  There’s a story in the Bible found in Luke 10:38-42, titled “Martha and Mary,” that I definitely relate to:

Now while they were on their way, Jesus entered a village [called Bethany], and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home.  She had a sister named Mary, who seated herself at the Lord’s feet and was continually listening to His teaching.  But Martha was very busy and distracted with all of her serving responsibilities; and she approached Him and said, “Lord, is it of no concern to You that my sister has left me to do the serving alone? Tell her to help me and do her part.”  But the Lord replied to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered and anxious about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part [that which is to her advantage], which will not be taken away from her.”

How many times have I acted like Martha, frantically trying to wash dishes while ignoring my children’s clamoring, desperate for my attention?  How many times have I prioritized folding laundry over showing my husband affection, or failed to call my family or best friend because I was so bent on obsessive cleaning or even binge-watching Hulu?

Jesus commended Mary for spending time with Him over Martha’s serving.  There will always be chores, but I don’t want to look back on my life and regret that I didn’t spend enough quality time with my loved ones.  Instead, I want to be like Mary.  That’s why I started the minimalist lifestyle – with less and less stuff to manage, I have noticed that there’s more time to be devoted to them.

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