So you may or may not have known that yesterday March 14th (3/14) was Pi Day. You know that mathematical term Pi = 3.141592663 and on and on the number goes. Well last night at Awana we celebrated pi day with another knd of pie. We made whoopie pies. They're 2 small cakes with cream filling in the middle. Our whoopie pies were vanilla cake with chocolate & marshmallow fluff filling.
I had the privilege of leading counsel time for our Sparks & T&T boys & girls. We talked about the story of Mary & Martha in Luke 10. This story has always interested me because I can relate to both of the sisters. I love just sitting at the feet of Jesus and soaking up His words like Mary was doing. I am also the oldest of 3 children. So I understand Martha and the responsibility that falls on the firstborn. Some is given to us and many times we take it a step further and add even more repsonibility on ourselves.
This is what Martha was doing when she invited Jesus and His disciples to her home for a meal. She was trying to make everything perfect. I think if I was hosting Jesus for a meal, I would probably be a bit anxious and frenzied as well. I would have a hard time deciding which dish to prepare so I might try to prepare 10 different ones. I would have given my entire household jobs to do. I can imagine that Martha came home to tell Mary that she had invited Jesus to dinner and began making lists of things that needed to be done.
Mary & Martha were both making preparations when Jesus arrived. Mary stopped what she was doing and sat down to listen to Jesus. She sat right at his feet so she wouldn't miss a single word that He was saying. Martha was busy bringing food to everyone and she was getting a little upset that she was doing all of the serving alone. So she uttered those words that we all say when we don't like our cirumstances "It's not fair". Martha said those words to Jesus hoping that he would see how hard she was working and tell Mary to get up and help her.
I've been a Martha in my adult life more times than I like to admit. God, it's not fair that they have more money. God it's not fair that they have a better family. God it's not fair that they get more attention & recognition. God it's not fair that they get to travel. Wow!! The list of complaints we can have when we compare ourselves to others.
I love Jesus' response to Martha, "My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing to be concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her." Jesus wasn't telling Martha that there was anything wrong with serving and cooking. He was trying to explain that by comparing herself to Mary she became jealous and had a bad attitude. When you love someone you shouldn't be jealous of them or compare yourself to them. We should focus on what God has called us to do and not be so consumed with someone else's calling. I think he was also telling Martha that she did not need to spend all of her time serving everyone else. He wanted her to take time to sit and listen to Him as well. Martha was anxious and worried over a temporary thing while Mary was focused on something eternal...learning from Jesus.
That's the message I tried to share with the Awana kids last night. That no matter what we do everyday, we need to make sure that all of our activities at home, work, school, and church don't overcrowd our lives so much that we don't have time each day to sit at the feet of Jesus. So to help the kids I came up with this acronym for Whoopie Pie:
So I encourage you to make everyday a whoopie pie kind of day.
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