I suppose one of the reasons Jesus said we must be like children to enter the kingdom, is their raw honesty. Last year, the little ones in my class listened to the story of Mary, Martha, and Jesus. At the end of the week, they performed a dramatized version, choosing whatever props they wanted. I’ve read that story many times, but I learned new lessons from my mini-theologians.
Gus, who looks exactly like Ralphy- the kid from that Christmas movie about bb guns, played Jesus.
“Yes! He said, when I assigned him the part, “I’ve ALWAYS wanted to be God!”
Martha, using a broom to stir a pot, cackled:
“Jesus, why do I have to do all the work around here? Tell my sister Mary to help me!”
Jesus: “Martha, you worry way too much. Mary made a good choice.”
So here’s a new take on an old lesson:
Either I’ll take time to sit with Jesus in prayer and His Word, or I’ll worry and work myself into a witchy brew. It’s my choice. Even a kid knows that.
Isaiah 30:15 “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength; but you would have none of it”.
Luke 10:41,42 “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.”
Maybe this year, instead of just trying to “get through Christmas,” Christ will get through to me.