I once heard it said that God created us to be human beings, not human doings. Actually, I’ve heard this more than once… probably because I’m an over-active “doer” myself, usually with multiple to-do lists on the go at any given time.
When it comes to running a MOPS group, there’s a whole lot of doing that needs to be done. Each Leader needs to get stuff done with her own kids, before getting on with the stuff that needs doing for the meeting. On top of that, Coordinators need to deal with the un-done things that didn’t quite come together for whatever reason!
When I was Coordinator of my group I was often in MOPS Mode from the time I woke up, mentally checking things off my list in an attempt to get everything done. To others it may have seemed that this little duck was cruising along, but underneath the water my feet were paddling double-time. I must confess that on some MOPS mornings, I was so busy doing what I convinced myself I needed to do, that I forgot to just be who I needed to be.
In those moments, I heard Jesus whisper to me, “Martha, Martha…” Ok, so obviously my name isn’t actually Martha – but I knew what He meant.
At the Home of Martha and Mary (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 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.”
Martha was a doer. She was “distracted by all the preparations that had to be made.” She was frustrated because she was alone in doing what needed to be done.
She is me. Is she you?
Jesus didn’t tell Martha that what she was doing was wrong. What he said was that Mary had chosen better. While Martha was wrapped up in all that she had to do, Mary was content to simply be. She sat at the Master’s feet and listened.
At your next MOPS meeting, I want to encourage you to choose better. Choose to sit at the Master’s feet first. Tune in to Him. Listen to what He has to say to you. Put being in His presence at the top of every to-do list, and see how that changes your perspective about what is truly needed.
With love and blessings,
National Media Manager