Being needed by people can’t be crossed off a list – Lectio Divina – Luke 10:38-42


“As Jesus and His disciples were on their way, He came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to Him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what He said. 

But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to Him and asked ‘Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her to help me!’  

‘Martha, Martha,’ the Lord answered, ‘you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.’ “

Luke 10:38-42

HAD to be made…. HAD. So much that HAS to be done. HAS TO.

What are my reasons to overfunction?
I need to have things a certain way.
I need to be in control.
I have to do everything myself.

Being WITH people
Being needed by people
can’t be crossed off a list.

Sometimes I think about my older son. How he needs my attention. Always asking me to play with him. My husband, working to provide for our family. Desiring my company. The baby. So little. Still so much need. No way to tell him “No…” or “Please wait….”

(Note to myself – I don’t want him crying at my feet in the kitchen anymore. Need to store a baby carrier in the kitchen for easy access.)

And I think,
“Why do all of you have to NEED me so much?!
Can’t you see I’m busy getting things done?!”

I want a task I can cross off my list so I can feel I’ve done something, anything, which won’t have to be done again in an hour.

But I can’t cross off
being with my people,
off a list.

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