Every year I like to make a list of goals I would like to work toward in the 12 months to follow. On the heals of the hardest year of my life, I have changed and so have my goals.
Many of you I’m sure are familiar with the biblical story of Mary and Martha:
As they continued their journey he entered a village where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him. She had a sister named Mary [who] sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak. Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me.” The Lord said to her in reply, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.” Luke 10: 38-42
This year I have one goal: To be more like Mary and less like Martha.
I have always been a doer by nature. I like to accomplish things, I like to be going, doing, planning, making, etc. It’s not that those are bad things at all. But constantly trying to do more is missing the point that Jesus is trying to teach us. I do not want to be anxious and worried about many things. I want to listen to Him more. I want to learn what it means to be a disciple. I want to be still and know that He is God. I want to let Him have full control of my life. The only thing He asks of me is that I choose Him. I think that if I can become more like Mary that everything else will fall into place. I want to keep my eyes on the prize of heaven and nothing I check off my to-do list is going to get me any closer to there. Only by letting Jesus be my guide will I know how to get there. I have some very important people waiting for me there. Getting to spend eternity with them is the only goal really worth having.