It would be so much easier if our choices in life were between one good thing and another. It's good to sit at the feet of the Lord and listen. It's good to cook him a nice, big dinner. To choose between the two is hard. Mary did it. And so did Martha. And in the end, all Jesus said was that Mary had chosen the better part, to love the Lord her God, with all her heart, and mind, and soul, and strength.
If we could make the same choice not only would our lives be simpler, but our church membership would take on a different quality. We wouldn't do the things we do so we could get a parking permit or even the award for distinguished Christian service. Instead everything we did .. the gifts of our time, our talent, our treasure, the teaching of a class, the cutting of the grass .. would be an overflowing expression of our love for God. Which is the most important thing of all.
Bart Gray, Lay Servant