I was exhausted! We had just spent the past half hour trying to get the caulking off of my new car and it was late at night (or early in the morning … depending on how you looked at it!) We had worked so hard, we were all hungry … all but momma. I was just flat out tired. I wanted to go to sleep. But, being the Super mom that I am, I went out and fixed scrambled eggs and cinnamon rolls. Ian ate all his and then wanted more. I was tired and I knew he wouldn’t eat them if I fixed them, so I told him to go eat another cinnamon roll and a glass of milk. He did and came back and asked me when I was gonna fix him some more eggs. OK! By this point, I had just finished cleaning up the kitchen from the last batch of eggs … but, being Supermom, I knew I had to get back in there and fix more eggs. Grumble, grumble, grumble!
So I did. I took them to Ian who was sitting on the floor of my room right at the foot of the bed. He put them down on the floor so he could drink another glass of milk. At that precise moment in time, Tori decided that she needed some attention too and danced around in my room to get my attention. I had just crawled into bed when her foot landed square in the middle of Ian’s hot scrambled eggs. AAAAHHHHHH! I’m tired and I really don’t want to put up with this crap! Why me? Why am I the only one doing anything in this family??? Tori was screaming because her foot is burning hot, Ian is screaming because he just lost his eggs, and Dave’s not that thrilled that the whole room is screaming. But … out I crawl from under my nice warm bed covers (warm because Dave had been there for the last half hour!) and back out to the kitchen for the third time to fix MORE eggs! Grumble, grumble, grumble.
No matter how many times I need to redo something, I just need to do it. Don’t look around me at others who are lying around and not helping, or at those who open only their mouths and don’t actually help. I, like Martha, have been called to work … and work with a joyful spirit. That was what Martha did wrong. She compared herself to her sister Mary. That was why Jesus rebuked her. NOT because she was or wasn’t working. It was the attitude with which the work is done. That is what’s important to God.
Lord, change my attitude. Let me be joyful in my service to You, to my family, to my friends. Not just when I get thanks, but especially when I DON’T get thanks, let me still be joyful.
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