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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: The Short End of the Stick (02/20/14)

TITLE: Boiling water
By Shelly McCullaugh


It seemed I had gotten the short end of the stick, and I could feel my resentment rising. Where was Mary? I had gotten out all of our best plates and glasses, washed them and dried them. I had my recipe out and I had been to the well numerous times that morning to ensure that we would have hot water. I put the kettle on the stove and waited for the water to boil. I still had vegetables to cut. I was preparing a meal for Jesus and twelve fishermen and if there was anything I knew about fishermen it was that they had an appetite! Where was Mary? I could feel my temper starting to boil as I watched the water begin to bubble. She was supposed to help me. It seemed like whenever there was work to be done, she disappeared. I heard commotion coming from the front door- Oh no they were already here! Mary must of let them in. I started chopping the vegetables, chop- why was Mary so lazy?, chop- What did she think she was doing, sitting out there with all those men?, chop - How could she just leave me to do the work all by myself? chop.My face was steaming now, as hot as the water on the stove. I marched out to Jesus and in front of all our guests I said, "Jesus, don't you care, that Mary has left me all the work?" Tell her to come help me!"Mary had been sitting at Jesus' feet listening to him while I had been in the kitchen, preparing.Jesus just looked at me, the way he did and all the sudden I could feel my anger melting. I felt ashamed and small. Gently, he said " Martha, you are worried and distracted about many things, but Mary has chosen the better thing. I will not take that away from her. "I sighed. Preparations still had to be made, but he was right. He didn't want me to serve him without my heart. He wanted me to spend time with him. That was the most important thing. I took a deep breath. Apologizing had never come easy for me. "I'm sorry, Mary. I'm sorry Jesus for losing my temper."
I went back into the kitchen and looked at the array of vegetables all over the kitchen counter. The water had evaporated on the stove. I felt a tear well up then caught a glance of a paper Mary had left on the table.It said "Camel Delivers, your local fish fry. " I found a messenger boy and sent him up the street to order the fish fry and an hour later a camel was at our door with the local fish fry delivery guy. It wasn't bad and I had a good time. I got to spend time with Jesus. And no, things were not perfect, but they didn't have to be. I let go of my expectations to be perfect and enjoyed my company. Jesus still brings his fishermen friends over and I still serve them but I spend time with them first, especially Jesus. I know now that you can't serve others without spending time with him first. He just changes your whole perspective on things. And as for Mary, she is still not into the whole kitchen, cooking thing- but she does the clean up and for that I am grateful. We both end up having a good time.
p.s. For decorating and cooking tips go to my website Martha and Mary's House at a Servant's heart. com
for coupons for your local fish-fry go to Camel Delivers at Lazarus st. com
Be blessed today as you spend time with Jesus, our Lord and Savior!

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C D Swanson 02/27/14
A very cute out of the box entry featuring the story of Mary & Martha in a clever and uniq
C D Swanson 02/27/14
Oops! Sorry, I inadvertently hit the send button!

Anyhow, here is my comment in its entirety!

A very cute out of the box entry featuring the story of Mary & Martha in a clever and unique story, that had a little bit of everything to offer.

Nicely done!

God bless~
Toni Babcock 03/01/14
Creative take on an often told Bible story. Ordering fast fish by camel - who would-a thunk? Haha! Good job!
Rachel Malcolm 03/03/14
This is such a fun approach to the biblical account and thoughtful too!

I have one recommendation though. Placing a space between your paragraphs makes it easier to read and more visually pleasing too.

You wrote: "And no, things were not perfect, but they didn't have to be." This is so true! What a great lesson for all of us. And I love it that Mary does the clean up!
Larry Whittington03/05/14
A good story to remind us that some things just have to come first.

I could feel the internal pressure build with each "Chop". A nice way to help us feel how it built up.

Divide the paragraphs using an extra blank space between them will help me read them easier.

I also like how you put yourself as Martha and told what you were doing while Mary was with Jesus.

Nicely done.
C D Swanson 03/06/14

God bless~