As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.” But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:38-42)
The Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons have a way of getting people all worked up—emotionally, mentally and physically. From party planning, partying, shopping, cooking, decorating, wrapping gifts and traveling, many are busier than the energizer bunny. It’s easy to lose your inner balance when you are going, going, going. Before you know it, you are doing everything and enjoying nothing. Don’t let that be you this season.
This year, consider what really matters, and what really does not, and then distribute your time, money and energy appropriately. Invest in what adds to your well-being not what robs you of it. In other words, have a Mary holiday season, not a Martha holiday season. Make it your business to discover the presence of Jesus in every situation and dwell with him there. When you do, you will find your holiday less chaotic and stressful and more life-giving, joyful and productive.
The Bible tells that in the presence of our savior is fullness of joy and in his right hand pleasures forever more (Psalm 16:11). Remember that. There is no room for stress when you do life with Christ—even during the most stressful time of year. So, here’s to wishing you a holly, jolly Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday. May it be filled with peace, love and the never-ending goodness of God.