38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” 41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” ~Luke 10:38-42
As we move into the Easter season, I’m already looking ahead. I suppose that’s one problem doing programmatic stuff here at ELC— I get stuck looking ahead and don’t spend as much time in the present. I think a lot of us do. We have to be planners and preparers. In order to do the Mary work—to be present with each other and with God here at Church. We need to spend some time with Martha work. We need to spend our time planning and preparing, buying and cooking food, planning music and orders for worships, planning trips and day camps, and everything in between.
I’m really good at Mary work. I really enjoy our youth, our families, our adults, and being involved with their lives. I’m really good at stopping what I’m doing in order to be in the moment at worship or in prayer. I’m notoriously bad at Martha work. Ask my girlfriend—I can’t make plans for the life of me and often find myself doing the familiar mania of last minute catch up (case in point: this article was due on March 15. Today is March 22— Sorry, Tara!). I really try to plan and I’ve gotten so much better as I’ve grown up, but the planning and prepping always ends up taking a backseat to being in the moment.
Life is a balance. We need to be good at the Mary work. We need to be able to stop what we’re doing and be present with God and with each other. But we also need to be able to do the Martha work. To set ourselves and our church up for success by planning and dreaming about the direction in which we want this community to go.
Children, Youth, & Family Minister
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