Mary has chosen that good part

“Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42

Why didn’t Jesus tell Mary to get up and help her sister Martha get that food ready?

A foreign culture like Africa is often a laid-back society, whereas we Americans live in a fast-paced one. In many of these faraway places, time has a different meaning compared to that in the United States.

The word “tomorrow” can often mean “any day after today.” If someone says he will visit you tomorrow,  he might not come until next week. If a person says he will be at your house at 7 in the morning he may arrive at 7:59 and tell you he is keeping to time. Since it’s the 7 o’clock hour.

On the way to my new village was an eatery called, “Patience Fast Food Place,” so the driver and I stopped.

“What fast foods do you have?”

“A chicken is very fast. I will run fast to the market, get a fast chicken for you and cook it fast. It’s the fastest food.”

His fastest food would have taken three hours. I complained that it wasn’t fast enough for me, so we got back in the car and continued to the village.

I used to get lots of work done fast because I was organized. I wrote out a schedule of everything to get done the following day and accomplished it. In Africa I couldn’t do that. Villages kept coming to my door with gifts of bananas and peanuts to welcome me.  Some sick people came who needed treatment. Others stopped by just to say “hello.” By the end of each day, I’d accomplished only one task on my list and was frustrated I hadn’t got much done.

I started praying that God would help me get things done.  The Lord said, “Don’t worry about getting “THINGS” done.  They’re only things. You can do them any time. Focus on caring for the people, not getting things done.”

People will always be here. Things will always need to be done, but people are the only “THING” we can take to Heaven with us.

CHOOSE the good part.


About celestecharlene

I served as a medical missionary in West Africa for thirty years treating the sick and establishing health clinics in rural neglected areas.
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One Response to Mary has chosen that good part

  1. mflabar says:

    Good advice!

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