Day Five: Time well spent
Day Five: Time well spent
We’ve probably all known a ‘Martha’. They’re good people, even if their energies and priorities are sometimes misdirected.
In Luke’s gospel, Martha welcomes Jesus and she serves Him in practical ways. She wants to do the right things. How can this be wrong? Somehow, in the middle of her activity and busy routine, she risks losing the something that Jesus tells her is necessary.
Now more than ever is a good time to reflect on identifying our passion in life. Do you spend a lot of time wishing you could do something else, particularly in this moment of a global crisis?
The Most Reverend Kay Goldsworthy AO | Archbishop
Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, ‘Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.’ But the Lord answered her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.’ LUKE 10:38-42
Time Well Spent Reflection
“What is the passion in your life? Do you spend a lot of time wishing you could do something else, particularly at this moment of global crisis?”
Martha welcomes Jesus, and she serves Jesus in practical ways. She wants to do the right things. How can this be wrong? Somehow, amidst the mental activity and busy routine, she risks losing the one thing that is needful.
She is understandably cross with her sister. Perhaps she is jealous? Does she really want to be at Jesus’s feet too – or is the activity a way of avoiding that? Our passions to do what is right are vital to society and human wellbeing, and we cannot do without them, but they easily become an end in themselves. They lead us away from other priorities. They master us and consume us. Mental and spiritual wellbeing require that we keep them in context.
A “Have a Go” habit: The cup
- To help with the “one thing”…being with Jesus… attach your daily habit of sitting with Jesus for a few minutes to an object e.g. a Mug or cup and a certain chair / seat.
- Sit still before the day gets going and hold a cup in both hands…. know you are held.
- Repeat, breathe in or meditate on Psalm 46:10 “Be Still and Know that I am God!
These mental health reflections are from Supporting Good Mental Health [PDF], written by Professor Chris Cook and accompanied by “have a go” habits developed by Ruth Rice, distributed by the Church of England.
The Church of England has additional helpful material about isolation and mental health.