A Handmaid's Tale: Looking into the "Martha Syndrome"
Confession: This has nothing to do with the sordid tale of the popular book or mini-series by this name, as the subtitle of the article surely reveals. Instead, I use "handmaid" as it was commonly used in Bible times – as that of a female servant. Moreover, I use it the way traditional writers used "man" or "mankind," to represent us all. Consequently, I have managed to please everyone! If not, I don't really care. I just want your attention long enough to tackle a subject that ought to be considered by every hard-working human and every Jesus-loving Christian.
This is essentially a Bible devotional, so we need a text and here it is:
Luke 10:38-42New Living Translation (NLT)
Jesus Visits Martha and Mary
38 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. 39 Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. 40 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.”
41 But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! 42 There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”