Sometimes we do so much for so many people, we forget to do something for ourselves.
And if you’re like me, it almost seems selfish to even want to do something for yourself.
We put ourselves on the back burner — so-to-speak — and deprive ourselves of the desires of our hearts. Take this for instance, you want to go out and enjoy a nice wholesome movie and dinner with your spouse, friend or family, but the other party says “I’m not really interested in going to see that movie, I want to stay at home and fiddle around with a few projects of my own,” or you mention having a nice family night, but the kids want to have friends over, or perhaps you call up a friend and they want to bring along two other friends. Or maybe you’ve been feeling the desire to go to Bible study every Wednesday night, giving more of yourself and your time to the Lord, maybe reading your Bible and praying more with your spouse, family or friends — I don’t mean being a part of an auxiliary at the church, we can be a part of many groups inside the church, but still not have a relationship with Jesus — but because we’re afraid they won’t like our idea, most of us will just surrender and get in the flow of what everybody else wants or expects of us. Sometimes we are such people pleasers that we never stop to please ourselves. Let’s read about just such a person.
“38, Now while they were on their way, it occurred that Jesus entered a certain village, and a woman named Martha received and welcomed Him into her house. 39, And she had a sister named Mary, who seated herself at the Lord’s feet and was listening to His teaching. 40, But Martha (overly occupied and too busy) was distracted with much serving; and she came up to Him and said, Lord, is it nothing to You that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me (to lend a hand and do her part along with me)! 41, But the Lord replied to her by saying, Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things; 42, There is need of only one or but a few things. Mary has chosen the good portion (that which is to her advantage,) which shall not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42
We see that Martha was concerned with taking care of the people and their needs, but her sister was thinking of her own needs — this was not selfish on Mary’s part — Jesus was in their home, and Mary wanted a closer relationship with Him. We see that Mary was not concerned with Martha’s frustration with her either; she knew she had chosen the best thing that could have ever happened to her. Do it for you.