Visiting with Mary and Martha: What is the one thing?

By Ann Boyd Multi-tasking: there are days when I feel that I have taken that concept to a whole new level, tossing together the balls of household, work, school, and family, then whacking at them like a caged batter at a pitching machine. It’s usually not pretty, and at least one of those balls gets [Read More...]

Visiting with Mary and Martha: I need help

By Ann Boyd Books to read. Papers to write. Classes to prepare for. Clients to meet with. And just next week, there will likely be family — functional or dysfunctional — who would appreciate some undivided attention. How will it all get done? Is there anyone who can help with this situation? Let’s see what [Read More...]

Visiting with Mary and Martha: Does anyone care?

By Ann Boyd Sometimes it feels like all the responsibilities land on your shoulders: you’re the only one capable enough or specially-equipped to do the work. There are times when that is true, and there are times when it’s not, and there are times when those responsibilities…well, they don’t strictly need to be done by [Read More...]

Visiting with Mary and Martha: What about the work?

By Ann Boyd It’s not even 8:00 in the morning and I’m looking at a list of over a dozen things to get done — editing to take care of, dishes to wash, laundry to fold, and my email inbox is raging out of control. As I sit for a few minutes to pray and [Read More...]

Visiting with Mary and Martha: Thank you, Mary

By Ann Boyd For the past few years, I’ve been ruminating on the story of Martha and Mary in Luke 10 — a relevant passage for this period in my life as a wife, mother, writer, editor, teacher, and household manager.  It’s very easy to be a “Martha” these days that are not full of [Read More...]

The heart behind “Why you hate work”

By Brian Gray Earlier this year, the New York Times helped you answer the question “Why You Hate Work.” But before you balk at that massive assumption, research by Gallup suggests that only 30% of Americans “feel engaged at work.” That drops to only 13% when the population extends internationally across a sample from 142 [Read More...]