(A lesson from the first trimester)
Luke 10:38-42 38 Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, 42 but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”
Big news… My husband and I are becoming a family of three in November! We announced it on Facebook and Instagram, but I know that not everyone uses those platforms. That's why I wanted to share our news on my blog too. Check out the short video above for all of the details.
We’re very thankful for the opportunity to transition into parenthood, and the support from our family and friends means the world to us.
The excitement certainly doesn’t come without its challenges, though. As you may know, the symptoms of the first trimester can be brutal. I’ve certainly had my fair share of fatigue and nausea over the past couple of months. As someone who is very goal-driven, I tend to get frustrated when my to-do list for the day remains untouched.
The lack of productivity has forced me to deal with the temptation to get my worth from my duties and accomplishments rather than Christ. I can get so wrapped up in doing things FOR God that I can forget to spend time WITH Him too.
I can relate to Jesus’ friend Martha in this way. She had a big to-do list! The guests were already at the house and the food needed to be prepared. Why wasn’t her sister Mary helping her? In a culture where hospitality is a top priority, couldn’t she see that feeding their guests was imperative? Martha needed help!
I appreciate Jesus’ response when Martha vented about her annoyance. He didn’t get angry or belittle her. He simply reminded her of what is truly important.
I heard someone say, “We are human beings, not human doings.” Our worth isn’t in accomplishments or in completing “to-do” lists. Our worth is in being image-bearers of the living God! Jesus made a way for us to live in connection with the One whose image we bear, and THAT relationship is worth more than any accomplishment or productive day.
REFLECTION: What is one way that you can spend time with Jesus today?