In the past couple of weeks, I’ve blogged about some fairly important topics, and I don’t regret addressing those issues. Since publishing the Open Letter To Beth Moore, my online life has been a bit crazy, taking my thoughts in unanticipated directions. At times I’ve felt somewhat frustrated that I wasn’t taking my blog where I believed it should go.
As I thought about the disconnect between what I’ve wanted to write and what I’ve actually been writing, my mind went back to the familiar story of Martha and Mary.
38 Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, 42 but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” ~~Luke 10:38-42 (ESV)
Don’t worry — I’m not going to draw a strict analogy here. I’m neither Martha nor Mary, and I know better than to read myself into the text. Having said that, I do see an application of this passage to my blogging trajectory.
I’ve been writing about important matters, and on one level my articles have been serving the Lord just as surely as Martha served Him with her hospitality. As I grow older, I am less inclined to think that Jesus completely rejected Martha’s service as meaningless. I could be wrong. But since First Century Middle Eastern culture emphasized the value of hospitality, I wonder whether or not Jesus understood Martha’s desire to serve Him. Was He scolding her for serving Him, or for harboring an anxious and troubled attitude?
Perhaps blogging about the topics I’ve addressed over the past few weeks have served Him. If so, I certainly don’t want to condemn myself.
But I’ve noticed how few of my posts lately have actually been about Jesus. Mary chose the better part by sitting at His feet and worshiping Him. Her attention focused so intently on Him that she totality forgot about her responsibilities to her sister! She was consumed with Him.
Now, blogging about Christ probably won’t attract as many readers as other topics do. That reality bothers me. Yet I pray daily that The Outspoken TULIP will, above everything else, honor and glorify Him. Although it’s often necessary to discuss certain matters, I fear that I as a writer and you as readers might get so caught up in those matters that we lose sight of Him. I fear that we will ignore His majesty as we busy ourselves with topics that (dare I say it?) tickle our ears instead of drawing us closer to Him.
I’ve been writing about important matters lately. But I haven’t been writing about the most important Person. I’d like to change that. Wouldn’t you?
One thought on “Mary Understood What She Needed (Or, How Do You Stop A Runaway Blog?)”
DebbieLynne, your commitment and joyful devotion to Christ is beautiful and admirable (particularly for me as a young woman).
I look forward to reading more about Him and His redeeming, renewing work in you from your blog. 🙂