According to Luke, Martha was head of the household; she welcomed Jesus into her home. Mary was probably younger. Like most sisters, these two women had conflicts which emerged because of their different personalities, roles, and simply the fact that they were siblings.
Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to what he was saying. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, "Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me." But the Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her" (Luke 10:38-42).
Isn't this what everyone of us would do. Rush around trying to make sure we were as hospitable and serving as we could be to our guest? It is the same thing in our everyday lives. We rush around from the moment we get up to the moment we lay down our heads. There is so much that we feel must get done in this 24 hour day that we have no time for anything or anyone else.
What we should be doing is what Mary did. We should be sitting at the Lords feet. Of course not literally. What I mean is we should be taking the time each day to pray and listen through our hearts at what God is telling us. Taking some time in the morning before you start your day to pray and ask for guidance, read scripture and meditate upon that, will change the way your day is carried out. Ask God to be with you at all times. Don't end with the morning prayer. Continue throughout the day. Ask the Lord to be with on your way across town, to the bank, to the store or even when you make a phone call. Ask him to give you the words to say. Let God speak through you each day in your actions and in your words. If you are like Martha rushing around and stressing out not only do you not her God speaking to you but you are unable to let Him speak through you. Be like Mary and sit still and listen. You will be amazed at how smooth your day flows, how the stresses of each day are not as bad, how you feel calmer and interact in a much less agitated manner. This is something I have started and each time I pray I feel the Lords presence in me. Try this and see.....I dare you!