Sunday, July 21, 2013

Are you Mary or Martha?

Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. – Mt 6:33

Today's Gospel reading is the familiar story of Mary and Martha.  I have often thought about my own life, and who I identify with more.  For sure, it's Martha!  I am a DO-er!  I find it hard to even do one thing at a time!  For quite awhile now, I have been conscious of my priorities, and have made an effort to be more like sister Mary.  I am still a DO-er, no doubt.  I have taken time, though, as part of my daily routine, to sit quietly, read Scripture, pray.

In school, it's easy to have an agenda for class time.  There is always lots to get done.  One of my goals is to remember to focus not on the activity, but on the STUDENT.  Taking time to listen, really listen, to a student, or another adult, can only strengthen a relationship.

Another area that I am conscious of is when we have friends and family over for a gathering.  Of course, there is always lots to do when there's a crowd around.  I'm not sure if I'm very good at it, but I DO try to sit, listen, visit, and not worry about the dishes or the mess.  I can take care of that after people have gone for me this is a big deal!  I am one who likes to clean things up and have them in their place!  I'm far from perfect in trying to be more like Mary...but I'm trying!

Contemplate who you are most like, as you reflect with this video by  Elizabeth Etheridge: