July 18, 2011: I Want to be Mary

~ by Mary Galvano

On Saturday, my husband (Jonathan) and I finally had time to spend together. We both had to work all week and by Friday we were ready for the weekend. However, when I woke up early on Saturday morning I went right to work! I did my exercise and then I got right into doing housework. I kept stressing to Jonathan all that needed be done, while he was enjoying his Saturday morning-alone. I cleaned the kitchen, washed the dishes, washed the towels, and washed the dog all within a couple of hours. Jonathan did ask me if he could help but I told him, “no.” I had to do everything myself!

When I finally did sit down to have some breakfast, after Jonathan already ate his, it dawned on me that I was more concerned with getting housework done than spending time with my beloved.

I asked myself, “Are those towels really more important than time with my husband?” Of course not! Housework will always be there, but not time with Jonathan. I turned to Jonathan and told him I was stopping and spending the rest of the weekend just hanging out with him. I told him I wanted to be like Mary, not Martha.

In the story of the sisters of Martha and Mary (Luke 10:38-42), both loved Jesus, but Mary chose to spend time with Jesus while Martha complained about housework. Mary chose better.

The people God puts in our lives should always come before the things of this Earth. There is a reason they are with us. More importantly we need to put God first. We worry about things that won’t matter a year later. Sometimes we just forget how big God is and we run around trying to make everything just right when all we need to do is just Trust in the Lord with all our hearts.

Remember, Jesus told us to seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:33) That’s what Mary did. She sought Jesus first. But Martha was concerned with, “What shall we eat? What shall we drink?” (Matthew 6:31)

The next time, when things are moving fast around you and there is just no time to think, stop! Take a deep breath and smell the flowers, and remember what really matters in life. Spending time with Jesus, people, and the creations God has made are what matter the most. When you can do this you will have true peace of mind because the Lord is in control.

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Mary Galvano-Bajohr is a singer/songwriter, LPGA golf instructor, speaker and author. On the golf course she is a dedicated professional, but go to a Yankee game, a Pro-life event or other venue and you just might see her step up to the microphone and sing the National Anthem or the Ave Maria.

Visit Mary’s website at www.marygalvano.com.

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