This book covers the story of Mary and Martha welcoming Jesus into their home in Luke 10:38-42, and it focuses on developing a balance between service and time spent with the Lord.
"As they continued their journey he entered a village where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him. She had a sister named Mary who sat beside the Lord at his feet, listening to him speak. Mary, burdened with much serving, came to him and said 'Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me.' The Lord said to her in reply, 'Martha, Martha you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her"
- Luke 10: 38-42
I really, really wish that I had read this book at the beginning of college because I think it would have changed my perspective and priorities. I am the kind of person who is always trying to do more and more, and I constantly feel the need to keep busy. I feel like I am best serving God when I am involved and am busy participating in groups and doing service. However, this book really opened my eyes to the need for a balance between doing things for God and spending time with him.
I feel grateful for this reality check, and I think that the combination of starting grad school in a new place with less commitments, finding a new church, and reading this book has motivated to set more time aside each day to spend quietly with God. It's still something I still need to work on (and will probably need to work on for the rest of my life!) because even though I know it is productive in terms of my relationship with God, it just doesn't seem very productive in terms of checking things off a list as I like to do. However, I definitely feel more refreshed mentally this year than I ever was in college and I think it is due to the fact that I have put that relationship with God first and have developed a better balance in my life between doing and being.
Overall, it's an excellent read and I especially recommend it to anyone who constantly feels the need to be busy, and who feels like it's better to do something for the Lord than to spend time with Him. I really thought it was one of the best Christian books I have ever read, and I think that's because I felt like every chapter was written just for me and my personality and mindset.
"While the world applauds achievement, God desires companionship. The world clamors, 'Do more! Be all that you can be!" But our Father whispers, 'Be still and know that I am God.' "
- Joanne Weaver