Mary Before Martha

Let’s talk about Mary and Martha.

If you are unfamiliar with the story, it’s found in Luke 10:38-42:

38 As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 39 Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. 40 But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.” 41 But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! 42 There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”
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My Yes in the Secret Place

If my life has impact, it is not because of my strength, or my wisdom, or my talent. If my life bears fruit, it is not because of my wit, or my humor, or my intelligence. If my life makes a difference, it is not because I was brave, or bold, or beautiful.

It’s because I was transformed.

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Love Outruns

There’s a passage of Scripture in John 20 that always makes me laugh. It’s when Mary goes to tell Simon Peter and John that the stone on the tomb had been removed, and verses 3-4 say, “So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first.”

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Does Your Soul Thirst?

“How do you like your water?”

Personally, I prefer mine cold instead of room temperature, with crushed ice instead of big cubes, and I like it in a glass instead of a bottle. However, after finishing a run or a challenging workout, nothing tastes better than water. And if you hand me a room temperature bottle of water with no ice, I will accept it gratefully, because I need it.

The truth is I need water to survive, but sometimes I forget just how much I need it and I start to get picky about how I want it.

And I want to talk about how easy it is to do the same thing with God. To get so comfortable in our lives and in our walk that we start choosing how we want Him, when we want Him, and how much of Him we want. We still need Him, but we stop recognizing our need for Him.

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