Friday, January 18, 2019
Martha or Mary?
As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, "Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!"
"Martha, Martha," the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed - or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her."
If someone asked you to define who you are, how would you respond? Would you even have a ready answer?
In her latest book, True You, Michelle DeRusha shares her own "dark night of the soul" quest to uncover the person God created her to be. A self-described triple type A personality, Michelle confesses to being caught of in a perpetual whirlwind of activity, busyness and the drive to achieve. There was ever the next rung on the ladder of success to climb. Her life's mantra, inspired by her father's words as she was growing up, was "make it happen!"
And let's face it. Our culture has always celebrated the doers, the go-getters. Those folks who can boast of a trophy room full of awards and accolades. Given her penchant for attaining one goal after another, it's not surprising that Michelle fell into that trap, defining herself by what she did, not by who she really was in the eyes of God. She explains it so succinctly in this sentence: "Part of our need to be busy and productive comes from our desire to be valued and known. If we are busy, we must be needed, and if we're needed, we must be important." (Pg. 33)
But something dramatic and life-changing shifted in Michelle the day she decided out of the blue (or was it a God nudge?) to sit for five minutes in silence on a park bench while out for a walk with the family dog. No checking her phone. No listening to podcasts.
Silence, stillness. For. Just. Five. Minutes. Turns out, this proved a great deal more difficult than Michelle had imagined. But as she continued this routine faithfully, she found herself opening up more and more to God's gentle voice, beckoning her to join Him in the "far side of the wilderness," to rest in His presence.
Thus began a long, sometimes wrenching and painful journey toward revealing the woman God intended her to be. As you read True You, you share intimately in all Michelle's struggles to open her heart and her soul fully to God. And it is in her honest disclosure of her own vulnerabilities that we begin to see our own.
Michelle's flowing and descriptive prose is in and of itself reason enough to read True You. But I know when you read the book, the real-life lessons she candidly offers will infuse you with inspiration and encouragement in your spiritual journey.
Because when all is said and done, who do you want to be? A "Martha?" Always busy, busy, busy? Or a "Mary?" Content to sit at the feet of Jesus, and simply be His beloved child.
I know which one I would choose . . . Thank you, Michelle!
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