And Jesus answered and said to her, Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things.
But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her."
Luke 10:40-42 (NKJV)
There is a class that I have taught in Bible school called Time Management and the title describes what the class is about, learning how to manage your time. When I tell people that I teach this class they often respond by saying that learning to manage time is a subject they would like to hear more about. Managing our time in the right way seems to be a more important topic than ever before because people somehow seem to have less time today than in the past. But, our problem is not usually one of not having enough time or having too much to do, usually our problem is with the choices we make about how we spend our time.
One thing we can learn from the story of Mary and Martha in Luke 10 is about the importance of making right choices. Every day we face choices about what we will do, how we will spend our time. In the story about Mary and Martha we see that they both did something, so they had both made a choice. Martha was busy serving and Mary was sitting, listening to Jesus. While Martha had chosen something to do that was good, there was something at that time that was better. It was not as though Martha had chosen to do something unimportant or was wasting time, it was that Mary had chosen what was best.
We can fill our time with activities, even good and godly activities, and never really make the right choices about how we spend our time. Rather than allowing our time to be filled with just running from one thing to the next we need to take a look at how we spend our time in light of God's Word and His plan for our life. Is what we are doing helping us to live out the Word of God in our life and accomplish what He wants us to do? We need to base the priorities of how we spend our time on God's Word and His will. It is our choice how we spend our time and we need to make the best choice.