Group projects. Some of you love them, some of you loathe them. And when doing group projects, there’s always the few stereotypical characters who are in every group:
The self proclaimed group leader. They’re the one who instantly is in charge.
Then there’s the clueless one. The one who’s always asking questions and has no idea what’s going on.
Next there’s the one who just doesn’t care. They realize someone else is in-charge, so they just check out.
Lastly, there’s the one who’s overly excited about the project. The one who will do all of the work just because they want to.
I can be all of these stereotypes in different situations, so I understand the frustration that comes with all of these positions. Most of the time, though, I have this feeling that I’m carrying the whole project on my back because I’m putting so much effort into the project. It’s stressful. And similar to this, in Luke 10:38-41, Martha is stressed getting everything prepared for Jesus.
“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 named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he had 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 few things, but few things are needed- or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.’”
In this passage, Jesus tells Martha that Mary’s chosen what can’t be taken away from her, which I find very important. I feel that often we complain and call out for more help like Martha in moments, like group projects, where we are annoyed with being left to work on everything ourselves. Someday, the grade you got on that project or the team you tried out for won’t matter. Those are all things that can be taken away.
Instead, we have the incredible option to choose the joy and peace that Jesus provides, instead of choosing the stress and anxiety that comes with worrying about the presentation. That’s all because being able to drop all the hassle and sit at Jesus’s feet is something that can’t be taken away.
Throughout this week, I challenge you to take the time where you could be stressing, to sit at Jesus’s feet and dwell in his word.
- Delaney Miller