• Kristin Martinez

Updated: May 30, 2019

Luke 10:38-42 New International Version (NIV)

At the Home of Martha and Mary

38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one.[a] Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”


Luke 10:42 Some manuscripts but only one thing is needed

New International Version (NIV)

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This scripture tells the story of two sisters who clearly have differing opinions about which things take precedence in life. Which one do you identify with? I can relate to both and sadly admit that many times I have been Martha, missing out on some of life’s greatest gifts. In the year of 1999, I learned a valuable lesson. Christmastime had always been one of my favorite times of the year. I loved to decorate the house, wrap each gift with the most exquisite taste, set the perfect table and cook the perfect meal. Living in Florida at the time, we had both sides of the family coming together for a wonderful Christmas celebration. The weeks leading up to Christmas day were busy shopping, cleaning house and preparing food. Christmas day arrived and all of the family were gathered together at the table. Everything was “picture perfect.” As we were eating and comments were shared about how great everything was, in what seemed like an instant, I suddenly became ill. My sickness quickly increased and had to excuse myself to go lie down. I stayed in bed for several days afterwards. So here I was, in the middle of a marvelous celebration. A rare occasion to have many family members together and I missed it! I was busy and worried about many things that did not matter. That year I learned that relationships are more important than anything else. Spending time with the ones most precious to you. Spending time with Jesus.

When all of the decorations are taken down and the presents put away, what will you remember most? The memories of conversations with loved ones are priceless.

Advent is a time of preparation. Let us prepare for the celebration of the birth of our savior, Jesus. Spend some time with Him this season.

  • Kristin Martinez

Some people say that perception is everything, but is it really? Just the other day, a friend of mine commented about how someone we had both recently met gave a compliment regarding a part of my appearance. She must need glasses, I thought to myself. I could not believe what I heard. Her saying I was thin was certainly not how I viewed myself, Now before you start thinking that I am going to be negative about the way I look, let me explain. You see, although I may not be "thin", and admittedly more often than not, trying to lose a few pounds, I understand and appreciate the body type and genetics given to me and strive to take care of myself in the best way possible.

On another recent occasion, during a conversation with a complete stranger, I received what I deemed to be a negative comment about my appearance. I immediately thought, wow, they must think I look pretty bad to say something like that. Mind you, it may not even have been intended to come across as negative, but that's how it was perceived by me.

In both of these instances, perception was a key player.

In hindsight, I realize that neither of these impressions was right or wrong, but simply someone else's opinion of me.

As humans, we are programmed to feel better individually when we receive a compliment and tend to focus more on something negative we've heard regarding ourselves, perhaps even making a vow to try to change that part of us which we deem to be bad.

Through the media, we are constantly bombarded by images and articles that can influence our thinking and how we should measure up. Social media posts are full of other peoples' opinions. We can get so caught up in believing that one viewpoint is superior over another one.

Of all the viewpoints from others we will encounter, there is only one that is important to remember. God's opinion of you matters most. He created you in His image.

Whether it's a thought regarding an event or circumstance, or a viewpoint about yourself, keep in mind that God wants you to have a balanced impression of both people and things. More importantly, he wants you to have a healthy perspective about yourself. We should never think lowly of ourselves, however, we should also never place ourselves above others.

Maintaining a healthy, realistic view of yourself is crucial to maintaining positive self-esteem.

It's all about learning to accept and love yourself. When you value yourself, as God does, a favorable self-esteem stays intact.

Genesis 1:27 God created humankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them, male and female he created them. New English Translation (NET Bible)

  • Kristin Martinez

More than likely, you have experienced a time or two when you wanted something so desperately and it never came to pass. Maybe you can also recall a time in your life when you had prayed for God to work something out a certain way but His response to your prayers was "No".

Hearing the word no can be tough to handle; causing feelings of disappointment to arise inside of us. Perhaps that feeling of disappointment stems from all the times we heard it growing up as a child. "No, you cannot do that. "No, we cannot go there today." "No, you cannot play outside right now"

Along with the feelings of disappointment that we carried with us from childhood, we might also feel rejection, especially as we mature as adults. Feeling rejected may have come from hearing someone say, "I'm sorry, but you're just not a good fit for this position, we've hired someone else, more qualified." Maybe it was hearing the answer, No to a proposal or idea you had pitched to someone that you just knew would be on board with your idea.

We don't always hear "No" directly from another person. Sometimes, just not receiving any response at all feels like a no to us.

Regardless of how the no is conveyed, it can leave us feeling bad about ourselves in some way.

But what if instead of viewing no as a bad thing, we began to see it as a good thing in our lives?

For instance, I'm pretty certain that you can look back on some of the experiences of your past and now recognize that hearing "No" really was a good thing. Maybe it even saved you from going down a treacherous path.

Just as our parents told us "No" to protect us, God sometimes answers, "No" for our protection as well. God knows what's best for us more than anyone else does.

God's no is just like a closed door. Throughout our lives, we are presented with closed doors as well as open ones. Some of the doors are simply not a part of God's plan for you, so he closes them for your protection.

Next time you experience a time of feeling let down or rejected, try to view the situation from another perspective. Although it may seem difficult to do when you're in the middle of it all, viewing your circumstances through God's eyes can help you cope and perhaps even understand it a little better. Remember that He loves you more than you can imagine and He wants what is best for you. God is working on our behalf, even when we cannot see anything.

Romans 8:28 We know that in all things God works for good with those who love him, those whom he has called according to his purpose. Good News Translation

Kristin Martinez, President



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