Lenten Study Day 8

Wrong Choice!

Mary and Martha

Everyone is busy. There’s too much to do and there is never enough time to accomplish everything.

Unfortunately, this sometimes causes us to make the wrong choice. Not a BAD choice, just the wrong one. Martha didn’t make a bad choice. She had a guest coming over for dinner and she wanted to make sure He had a good meal. The food wasn’t going to get on the table by itself!

Meanwhile, if dinner had been left up to Mary, they would have been ordering pizza. Still, it was rare, if not unheard of, for a man to take the time to sit with women and talk with them about faith. Jesus was not only talking to Mary about faith. He was teaching her the lessons He shared with His disciples. Martha was so focused on preparing dinner that she almost missed a golden opportunity, a chance to sit with Jesus while He taught them about the Kingdom of God.

We do this all the time. We watch television rather than spending time reading to our kids. Our kids text during dinner. Some women spend family events, like birthday parties, in the kitchen preparing food or cleaning rather than enjoying the event. Have you ever seen family photos of the women working in the kitchen? Rarely!

Time to put down the phones and take part in conversation during dinner. Turn off the television and enjoy family night. Walk away from the computer and read to your kids or play games. Have friends over, in person not online, and enjoy their company.

Come on, Martha! Time to come out of the kitchen and enjoy the company of the people around you. You never know what you may learn!

Discussion Questions

1. How often does your family have family night, playing games, watching movies, etc.? If never, what is stopping you from beginning this tradition?

2. Does your family sit down to dinner together? Do you talk to one another or is everyone busy with their own activities?

3. Does your family spend time together or do all of you simply share a home?

4. What choices would your children like you to make?

5. Do you spend time with friends, having them into your home?

6. Have you even made bad choices you wish you could take back?

7. What can you and your family do to make better choices?

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