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Plans for 2013

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:Martha and Mary

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.

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    LOVE this! You really cut to the heart of what I personally need to be doing in this new year. I am definitely a Martha by nature, and it takes a lot of work for me to be like Mary. Have you ever read the book “Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World”? It’s written by a Christian, and the general message (without a few theological bumps) make it a good read. The book taught me that it’s not necessarily a bad thing to be a Martha (or a Mary), but that we need to find a healthy balance of both. It made me realize that sometimes to do God’s will we need to stop doing, doing, doing, and that was actually a relief for this doer! 🙂 Many blessings to you and your family in 2013!


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    Thanks, Catherine. I will have to look for that book, sounds like it would help. I am certainly looking for a better balance of the 2. I know my gifts are geared toward being Martha but I need to work to keep them in check and strive to be like Mary more. Glad to know I’m not alone! God bless! Maria

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