ONE THING IS NECESSARY

Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things...

"Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching.

 

But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.”

 

But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”'

 

--Luke 10:38-42         

I designed this planner because I’m a mess.

 

Aren't these homeschooling, planny people supposed to be sharp and in-charge, Type-A, no-nonsense, don't-settle-for-second-best-types? Not me! I’m always running late, I never think to plan ahead -- my mind is always trying to wander off with Mary while my hands frantically try to keep up with Martha. And when I sit down and try to plan my day -- oh, boy, the anxiety just billows in and sweeps the whole day off its feet.

 

So I decided to make a list. And then a calendar, then a bullet journal-style planner. And my days got a bit better. But it still always felt like I was trying to run after some very productive Martha, always crashing into things since my head was always turned back, looking for Mary.

I needed to integrate my days and my prayers, my love and my service. So I put together this planner, my guidepost to to try live Martha’s vocation with a Marian heart.

 

I thought I would share it with others, because love is fruitful! I hope that it blesses you as it has me, that it helps you contextualize your busy life in your hope of the life to come, giving meaning to the daily tasks of service by remembering their significance to the God who humbles himself to serve us all.

Pax et bonum!

 

Amy Horan