Many of you know that I am a part of Community Bible Study (CBS) and in September will begin my 12th year. I have been part of the leadership for the past few years and love this bible study so much and for so many reasons. As a leader, I am assigned a core group of ladies to shepherd through the year. I took a few years off from being a leader and am going to be back in a leader role this year. I often get overwhelmed with the tasks that are associated with being a leader added to my daily responsibilities that I have as a mom, wife and employee and stress as the fact that I usually come up short handed in being the shepherd that I am called to be. But as I listened to the story of Martha again on Sunday, I was reminded that if I will submit to the Lord and be intentionally prayerful for these ladies and ask God to help me with all of my responsibilities, that He will provide. I want to serve them well; and with the help of Jesus I can do it. I want to love the ladies with God's love. Be less focused on the task at hand and more focused on serving for His glory. -small plug: if you are in Birmingham and seeking a way to dive into God's word, let me know and I'll get you information for this amazing biblestudy. I promise you will not be disappointed!
So often I have thought of Mary as making the better choice over what Martha was doing (all the busy-ness) but I was reminded by our Preacher that what Martha was doing was also very important and necessary, it is just that she went about it with the wrong attitude...that is what got her in trouble! I was thinking...how could Martha have handled her situation differently? She could have ask God to provide and help her to accomplish everything that was needing to be done. She could have been joyful in her serving and allowing God to work through her in all of her work. That doesn't mean that it would have been less work; it is still hard work and a lot to get done. But the question is do we allow God to be the driver or do we have put Him in the backseat just in case we reach our breaking point and need to call on Him. That is the real difference! Making the choice to serve to give God the glory. Not for our own good or our own honor but for His! He desires for us to serve but it is a matter of how I chose to serve, what is my attitude and where is my focus? It want it to be for Him and on Him!