"And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things;
But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her."
You know, I thought for a long time that this was kind of a mean story. Martha had to do everything, and Mary got to chill and listen to Christ. And certainly, there are lessons we *shouldn't* learn from this. We shouldn't assume that we can ignore the world completely while we immerse ourselves in a study of the gospel. Not only is this bad for your family... it also ignores the fact that most of our lessons are all about application. Sure, this or that principle is cool... but have you learned to use it in real situations? But even so... even with our everyday obligations... I think that Christ has an excellent point (wow, understatement alert). No matter what Martha was stressed about... cooking and serving for 150 people... sending Christmas cards to every person she has ever known in her life... making sure she had stocking stuffers for the 600 kids at the local orphanage... :) whatever it was, and however important it was... it wasn't a fire department emergency. And whatever Christ had to say, no matter how small, was more important. It *always* always ALWAYS is. Sometimes when I am late for work and I don't want to take the time to kneel down and thank heaven for this day... I need to remember that. I think we all have times like that... when we are too stressed or too tired or too busy or too whatever to talk to God. But whatever it is that is stressing us out, whatever it is that is keeping us from that communication... it doesn't compare. Drinking in Christ's words and his peace is more important than being on time. It is more important than taking the cookies out of the oven. it is more important than catching the bus. :) And, sincerely... and I know absolutely that this is true... when we take the time to talk to God, he'll make whatever else it is go better. Always. So, when we are tempted to stress out about anything today... let's remember what is more important. :)