Our theme for this month: “Take care of your body”
Our Bible verse for today: “The Lord answered her: ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has made the right choice, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Maintain the balance.”
Martha was a doer. She was really good at getting things done. She was also conscientious and she cared about people’s needs. Specifically, in this case, she wanted to make sure Jesus was well-fed and taken care of. That’s a pretty commendable goal.
Mary was a good girl too. She just viewed things differently. While Martha was compulsive about getting things done quickly and efficiently, and of course checking them off of her “to-do” list, Mary was more relaxed and casual. Whereas Martha could not leave a thing undone, Mary was content to leave the pots and pans for the moment and to just sit with Jesus and enjoy His company.
Jesus said that Mary had it right and that Martha needed to chill.
The story of Martha and Mary is one of balance and perspective. There was really nothing wrong with Martha’s desire to provide a good meal in a timely manner for her guests. She was just too compulsive about it. It was too much and at the wrong time. Although there is a time to work and to serve, there is also a time to sit and relax – and it’s important to know the difference. Otherwise we end up banging pots and pans and getting all stressed out when we should be sitting and relaxing and enjoying the company.
As we near the end of our devotional series about taking care of our body, we need to remember how important balance in life is. There’s a right time for everything. There’s a time to work and serve, and there’s a time to rest and to play. There’s a time to go to the lake with your family, but there’s also a time to be in church with your brothers and sisters. There’s a time to eat and feast and maybe cheat a little on your diet, but most of the time you need to watch what you eat and to get plenty of exercise. Balance is the key.
Remember, as a person you are a complex being who consists of physical body, mind, emotions, and spirit. Your life needs a pattern and rhythm that includes meaningful work, plenty of rest, physical exercise, spiritual nurture, and a healthy mind. And since we are creatures of habit who tend to do best when we have stable and repetitive patterns that we stick to, ideally your life should be lived on a regular schedule that has you working, sleeping, eating, exercising, praying, and worshiping at the same times each day.
You will be at your best – you will be healthy, happy, and stable when your life is properly balanced.