More from Janice LeMaster
I have always been fascinated by the Martha / Mary story in the Bible. It is a personal struggle I have lived with now for my entire adult life (50+ years). I see myself as the epitome of a Martha personality type – the one who rushes about serving, always too anxious to focus on “what really matters”. While that is how I see myself, I very much want to be the other sister, Mary.
I want to be the one who is cool, calm, and collected — the one who sits and absorbs the words of wisdom. I yearn to be the one who seeks, listens, and reflects — the person who can ignore the mundane tasks waiting to be completed while achieving the delicate balance between time spent building a strong relationship with God and time spent serving God’s children.
It would be so nice to tell you that I have accomplished the balancing act which I mentioned in my devotional. Unfortunately, that would not be true. The truth is that I continue to search for that balance between Mary and Martha. Some days are better than others. Some days I can put the busyness and anxiety aside at least for a little while. Other days there is no hope since the little part of the world I live in seems to demand my complete attention.
Like many other churches, our church has changed in recent years. Our membership is smaller than in years past and our average age has increased. Fewer people means more effort is required from those who are able in order to continue our role as a vibrant, serving community of disciples. The temptation and the perceived need to hurry from one project to another often become stronger than I can resist. The sense of urgency often invades my quiet time with God even though I try hard to hold it at bay.
The days are full and the needs are many. I will continue to search and pray for balance in my life as I grow and go in the direction God leads me. I am thankful for the many opportunities and doors which God opens for me daily.
Janice Hagood LeMaster