Daily Encouragement - July 10

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Luke 10:41-42


In this story, Martha is running around, as we say in Mississippi, like “a chicken with her head cut off”. She is frantically trying to fix everything for Jesus to have a meal and Mary is just sitting at Jesus’ feet, LISTENING. Martha sees this as a BIG problem. Problems are a part of life and are inescapable. They are a part of the world around us. I don’t know about you, but I too often go quickly into problem solving mode. I act as if I (capitalizing I) have the capacity to fix everything. This is a habitual response that is so automatic that most of the time I am not even aware I am in this mode. Not only does this response become very frustrating, but I am noticing more and more that it is distancing me from God. I am so limited in my capacity to correct all that is wrong in the world around me (maybe I should just stick to music). However, God reminds me so many times in scripture, to talk with Him about whatever is own my mind, seeking God’s perspective. The scriptures tell us through prayer and supplication to make our request known unto God. Lately, all I hear around me is (I must confess that I am in this group) “What we need to do” … “I know how to solve this” … “If I were in charge” ……. “I know what the problem is”. During this season of life, I have to ask myself a question:

“AM I ACTING LIKE A MARTHA?” or “AM I ACTING LIKE A MARY?”


Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face,

And the things of earth will grow strangely dim

In the light of His glory and grace.


Paul Saik

Music Minister

Centenary United Methodist Church

309 New Street, New Bern, NC, 28560 

P.O. Box 1388, New Bern, NC 28563

Phone: 252.637.4181

Fax: 252.637.5602

Email: centenaryumc@centenarychurch.com

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