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We’re often so distracted doing many good things that we miss the more important connections in life. There’s a time to work and a time to step away and simply be with those we love.

This was certainly the case when Jesus went to visit Martha and Mary. While Martha was busy working and trying to be a good host, Mary simply sat at the feet of Jesus. And when Martha complained, Jesus pointed out that Mary had chosen the better option in this moment.

This was not to suggest that Martha’s work was unimportant or not appreciated. Presumably, the meal would still need to be prepared at some point.

But somehow Mary knew in this moment that spending time with Jesus was more important than working for him.

And this is a reminder we still need today, both in our relationship with Christ and with all we love deeply.

For instance, we should not confuse all the good things we do for God with spending time with God. We’re called to serve and there’s much work to be done. And this does not replace our times of intimate communion with God.

Likewise, we work hard for our families, which is as it should be. But working hard for our families is not the same as spending quality time with them. And there comes a time in which we must step away from our work and simply be with those we love.

And like with Martha, this is not to treat our work as insignificant or irrelevant. But it is to remind us there is more to life than the work we do, even the good work of serving others.

In the end, work hard in serving others every chance you get. And remember there comes a time to also step away and simply be with those you love.

Jesus with Mary and Martha by Robert Leinweber

Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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