Mary or Martha?
The verse that frequently comes to mind is Luke 21:34: "But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly." I can honestly say that I have no problem at all with carousing and drunkenness (!) but the cares of this life do tend to crowd in, especially when there are so many things to be done.
Another verse that comes to mind is Luke 10:41-42: "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."
It's easy to be a "Martha" when people need to be cared for, and when there are so many seemingly important jobs to be tackled. I pray God will give me - and all of us - a heart like that of Mary who sat at the feet of Jesus to hear from Him, to give herself to Him, to relate to Him as the single most important task in her life, sacrificing everything and everyone else to that "one thing".
If you'd been there on that occasion, as Martha struggled to get the house and food ready for lots of visitors, without Mary's assistance, you might have been tempted to agree with her. It wasn't sinful or wrong of Martha to cater for people's needs or try and make them comfortable. But she was acting out of her own desire to fulfill people's needs, whereas Jesus wanted to give them something MUCH more lasting and valuable.
An important lesson that we all need to learn, is to put the will of God before the driving "needs" of others.
Luke 21:34: "But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly."