Oh, the many hats from which to choose today, in this moment, in a lifetime! To choose to don the “writer” hat is to disregard all the others competing for my attention right now: the “homemaker extraordinaire” who would fold the piles of laundry, mop the ever-so-dirty kitchen floor, vacuum the bedrooms, clean the dirty bathroom. Or maybe I should choose to be the “counselor-on-top-of-everything” and reply to emails; research a few new topics; formulate thoughts in response to questions and issues raised by the clients who sharpen me constantly and push me to dive deeper into faith and relationships and my own heart. Then the “friend who’s always there” who needs to return emails, schedule coffee dates, make a few phone calls, check in via text.
And that’s just for starters. Never mind what is actually pressing in this very moment – a retreat I’m speaking at tonight that needs to be polished and practiced. And a Jesus who calls me to choose what is best.
Enter Mary and Martha. As Martha frantically busied herself with serving and tasks and grew resentful that Mary wasn’t joining in, Jesus gently yet firmly reminded her – “Only one thing is needed.” So, Lord, give me grace to choose that one thing the next hour, the next day, during this season … this year … this lifetime. Teach me what is needed, and give me grace to choose wisely. Whether that be mopping floors, responding to emails, giving a hug to my daughter in need of reassurance, taking that phone call – or saying “no” to all of the above in order to BE with Jesus.