The Why

"Mary always

knows the why

behind her Martha list."

Leave it to my daughter, Robyn to say things like that. : )

Robyn is a wife and a homeschooling mom of five. This will be her 9th year of homeschooling!

Earlier this week we were sharing our to-do lists and somehow we got on the subject of Mary and Martha.

Robyn told me she was “a Mary living a Martha life.”

When I asked her what she meant, her answer inspired me to write this post…

The why.

Are you a Mary

or a Martha?

Or both?

Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. 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.
— Luke 10:38-42

We see in the passage of Scripture that Mary was spending time with Jesus, while Martha was busy serving.  Mary and Martha both loved Jesus and wanted to serve Him.

The difference was that while Martha was anxiously putting her list first--Mary was putting her relationship with her Lord first—spending time simply being His.

Before Mary began serving the Lord, she spent time worshiping Him.  Jesus was the source of her love, strength and inspiration she needed to serve Him.  Martha probably didn't think she had time for that.

Are you like Mary, desiring a closer walk with the Lord, but find yourself distracted while serving like Martha?

Be carefully careless about everything save your relationship to God. Refuse to be swamped by the cares of this life.
— O. Chambers

We all feel “swamped” sometimes by all the things we want to accomplish, but which of those items on our to-do lists are really God’s will for us?

When I only do what God wants me to do,
He will recuperate me all the time.
Watch for the things that exhaust you.
Remember Whose you are and Whom you serve.
It’s never ‘do, do’ with the Lord,
But ‘be, be’ and He will ‘do’ through you.
— O. Chambers


"Mary always

knows the why

behind her

Martha list."

We find our why

in His Word.

  1. Jesus is our Lord and Savior. (John 14:6; Acts 4:12; John 6:68)

  2. His Word is our source of authority and direction. (John 1:1; 6:63b, 2 Timothy 3:16-17; John 8:31b-32)

  3. His Spirit fills us with love, strength and inspiration. (Romans 5:5b; Zechariah 4:6b; 2 Corinthians 3:17)

  4. His grace empowers us—so we are able to serve him. (John 7:38; 15:5; Isaiah 40:31)

Do you know

the why

behind your

Martha list?

If we can look at each item on our Martha list and find the why for it in God’s Word, then we know He will provide the grace it requires...

The key is


Whose we are


Whom we serve!

When we know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, it means we are free from anxiety, free from carefulness, so that, during the twenty-four hours of the day, we do what we ought to do all the time, with the strength of life bubbling up with real spontaneous joy.
— O. Chambers

For more inspiration on finding your why:

Robyn wrote a guest post:

 “What Virtuous Womanhood Means to Me.”

live loved