God knew what He was doing when He made you and I. We are all different as far as our personalities and ways of doing things go. I've come to enjoy my own unique qualities.
When we read the story of Mary and Martha in Luke 10:38-42, we're able to see the distinct differences between these two sisters. Their perspective on things and their priorities were completely different.
Martha was task oriented and proactive. Those are very good qualities to have. Mary was more compliant and laid back, and that was a plus as well. I could hear Martha right now, "If I want it done, I have to do it myself!" I have encountered that spirit and attitude before. Now, Mary was no slouch! She wasn't lazy or irresponsible. What was priority to her, in that moment when Jesus stop by to visit, was of utmost importance. Mary was focused on her spiritual need. She also enjoyed the presence of the Lord Jesus. She didn't want to miss out on what He had to say, so although she knew her sister was in that kitchen preparing a much needed meal, the place she chose was more important.
Martha was a bit of a complainer. When things didn't go quite the way she wanted, she barked about it. Martha was inflexible. She also made service her priority. Service is important for we are saved to serve, but sometimes the activity of serving can get in the way of spiritual things. The tendency is to be so caught up with 'Doing Stuff', that we forget about the person we're doing it for.
Perhaps you are a Martha type or maybe you're like Mary. They both are needed in the body of Christ. Jesus pointed out to Martha that she was a bit preoccupied. He called her name twice and when the Lord has to call our name twice, He's really trying to get our attention. He said that Mary had chosen the good part; He didn't say, 'Better Part'. There is a difference. While Martha was agitated with her sister and probably felt like Mary wasn't doing what she was suppose to be doing, the Lord saw the imbalance in Martha's life.
As you and I embark upon a New Year and a new decade, let's prioritize. Let's keep the things that should be first and foremost front and center. Let's serve the Lord, but not let serving keep us from sitting at His feet listening, learning, meditating, and praying. Let's make sure we are giving adequate time and attention to our one on one relationship with God.
May you have a prosperous, and rewarding year! There will be ups and downs, but if you stay in tune with God, you will be a blessing no matter what happens in your life!