“They say variety is the spice of life. Perhaps that’s why God so often puts people of such different personalities in the same family. (Either that, or he’s trying to prepare us for marriage!) Mary was the sunlight to Martha’s thunder. She was the caboose to Martha’s locomotive. Mary’s bent was to meander through life, pausing to smell the roses. Martha was more likely to pick the roses, quickly cut the stems at an angle, and arrange them in a vase with baby’s breath and ferns.
That is not to say one is right and one is wrong. We are all different, and that is just as God made us to be. Each gifting and personality has its own strengths and weaknesses, its glories and temptations.
I find it interesting that when Jesus corrected Martha, he didn’t say, ‘Why can’t you be more like your sister, Mary?’ He knew Martha would never be Mary, and Mary would never be Martha. But when the two were faced with the same choiceto work or to worshipJesus said, ‘Mary has chosen the better part.’”
Excerpted from Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver
Daily Reflection: How can you worship God using your unique personality, with its glories and temptations?