The Martha Syndrome or TMS

C.S. Lewis~”It’s not the load that breaks you down. It’s the way you carry it.”

Let’s look at busyness. Who better to study the concept than through the life of Martha? Many of you are familiar with the story about Martha and Mary. Martha is all about serving. The Lord, who she loves, is dining in her home. As her home is filled with guests, she is making sure everyone’s cup is filled and has had enough to eat. I can only imagine what kind of crowd that Jesus pulled in a home so my guess is that she was quite busy. So busy that she wanted some help from her sister. Where did she happen to find her sister? Right at the feet of Jesus.  From Martha’s point of view, Mary seemed quite lazy and resented her. Martha’s course of action was asking Jesus to tell Mary to get off her lazy backside and give her a hand. His reply wasn’t at all what Martha was expecting. “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

Those of us Martha types find ourselves in similar situations in the church and in the home. Our love for God and desire to serve and please Him is unquestionable, but our focus shifts. The work takes precedence. We begin taking the burdens on our shoulders, idolizing the tasks at hand. We place our worth on what we are accomplishing. We end up worried, tired, and deprived. We get so busy trying to be the person that God wants to be that we forget to be with the God who makes us into that person. A person who praises and fears the Lord. A person who draws on His strength, grace, and compassion. A person filled with the never ending spring of Jesus.

Mary probably was in no way the lazy woman that us Martha types might view her as, but knew what she wanted most. She knew where her true value and worthiness came from and chose to spend that precious moment to be near Him. No matter how productive we are, if we are not drawing near Him and spending precious time with Him, our productivity means nothing more than our time wasted. ~Janean

1 How lovely is your dwelling place,
O Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
2 I long, yes, I faint with longing
to enter the courts of the Lord.
With my whole being, body and soul,
I will shout joyfully to the living God.
3 Even the sparrow finds a home,
and the swallow builds her nest and raises her young
at a place near your altar,
O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, my King and my God!-Psalm 84:1-3

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