I think most of us can identify with the Bible story about Mary and Martha. It’s found in Luke chapter 10 and in the New Living Bible it reads this way,
“As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.” But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Jesus was essentially saying that when it comes to following Him, BE-ing is far more important than DO-ing. While Martha’s reaction to Jesus’ presence in her home was to work hard to make everything perfect for him, Mary understood that the most important thing to do was to sit and listen and soak Him in.
I think we can learn a few things from Mary and Martha at Thanksgiving, too. It can be really easy to get caught up in the frenzy of trying to make everything perfect for our family and guests that we miss the precious opportunity actually CELEBRATE Thanksgiving and spend time with our loved ones. We miss the point.
Give yourself permission this year to keep things simple. Identify the things that cause you to stress out at Thanksgiving and find a way to eliminate them (unless of course it’s your family J ). Exchange perfect for good enough…giving yourself time to embrace the moment with gratitude for the blessings at hand.