More on Martha

Read again Luke 10 v. 38-42 and ask yourself:

What drove Martha to set such high standards for herself?

There are generally three types of perfectionism.

Perhaps Martha’s high standards were self-imposed - anything less is personal failure; or she may have felt standards set for her by family, society or others; or she may have set high standards for others and expected them to be perfect, as in her frustration with Mary.

There are perils to perfectionism, such as anxiety, depression, stress, obsessions, eating disorders, procrastination, and feeling distant from God. It has many tentacles, which affect lives in more ways than we think or know - and clearly Martha felt the pressu