As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem they came to a village where a woman named Martha welcomed them into her home. Her sister Mary sat on the floor, listening to Jesus as he talked. But Martha was the jittery type and was worrying over the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Sir, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.” But the Lord said to her, “Martha, dear friend, you are so upset over all these details! There is really only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it—and I won’t take it away from her!” Luke 10:38-42 Living Bible This revelation came to me one day after my daughter was bugging me to pay with her and I was trying to get housework done. “But you are ALWAYS busy!”
That was like a slap to my face as I realized that it won’t be long until my children are all grown up and out of the house. She was either wanting me to play Barbies with her or a game of Uno. My son was telling me about something he saw on You-tube or heard on an online game. They needed my time, not my housework.
For as long as I could remember I had always related to Martha. I could not understand why Jesus thought what Mary chose was better. After all, wasn’t preparing a meal for the King important? Wasn’t it proper hospitality? But we have a lot to learn about parenting and hospitality from Mary. She chose to give her time and, in the end, that was all that mattered.