Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. (This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair.) John 11:1-2
At the beginning of this story, John remembers Mary for worshipping Jesus by pouring perfume on Him and wiping His feet with her hair. She is remembered by John as an extreme worshipper. That’s how John is reminding people of who she is. When I think of Martha, all I remember is her being distracted by all the things that needed to get done and her frustration toward Jesus because He didn’t ask Mary to help her (Luke 10:38-42).
I want to be remembered like Mary. When people think of me, what’s in my parenthesis?
Is it, “(This Hannah, the same one who is really busy and easily frustrated.)” or is it, “(This Hannah, who passionately loves the Lord and worships Him.)”?
If someone were telling a story and trying to remind people of who I am, how would they describe me? What’s in my parenthesis?