The World Needs More Marys

I love the weekends, but sometimes they can be stressful as I can visualize the list of all of the things that I will have to accomplish in the next 5 days.


I have the hardest time saying no to things, and so sometimes (read: most times) I end up overcommitting. Which sometimes (read:sometimes) leaves me tired, frustrated, overwhelmed, the list can go on.

So, I just want to tell you, I get it. I get crazy weeks. I get the running nonstop from 7am-11pm.

And I also want to tell you that it’s okay to say no. It is okay to take a breather and to go fro a run and just soak in the beauty of summer and praise God for His creativity in the clouds, sunsets, trees.

It is okay to say no to that extra event that popped up and to spend that extra hour in the word + in prayer.

Sometimes it is okay if your dishes are dirty + the laundry is spilling over the baskets. You aren’t missing things by clearing your schedule + turning off the kitchen lights + spending that hour with your family or going to bed an hour earlier to wake up early to spend time with Jeus.

It is okay to be like Mary in a world full of Martha’s.

In fact, I would argue that the world needs more Marys.

Mary understands that work and serving others is a good thing. But she also understands that being fed by the Gospel and through time with Jesus is so much more important.

Time with Jesus gives her the grace + compassion to serve others and to work.

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed by your multi-dozen to-do lists for the week, just take a breath. Spend and hour in the Word. Spend 30 minutes, 10 minutes, 5 minutes with Jesus. Wake up early if you have to.

5F51F1D4-.jpgCut out your extra episode of Fixer Upper (LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Joanna…can I get an amen??) so that you have time to go to Bible study. You need Jesus and you need sweet gospel-centered fellowship.

I always walk away from Bible Study feeling refreshed + encouraged even if I didn’t think I could possibly squeeze it in this week (HA because I lead Bible Study, but still, I often don’t feel like I have the hours I need to give to prep, but I am always amazed at how the Lord uses those moments + I still manage to finish my checklist!!)

Monday is coming, let your goal this week be to be more like Mary. I promise it will be a goal with tremendous reward.

Caroline (@caromedlin) is an author, creative + the founder of She is passionate about women’s ministry + a firm believer in adoption. She is a senior at Middle Tennessee State University and currently calls Nashville home.

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