Fresh Hope – 13th December 2019

In the gospel of Luke we have this story of Mary and Martha.

Luke 10:38-42 | NIV
As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 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!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

This is a great example of how we can be so easily distracted, even with serving and doing the right thing, that we miss the point of what it’s all about!

As we approach Christmas this year,with all its busyness I want to encourage you to stop! Right now stop and take your time. Turn your attention to who this season is all about! Sit at his feet like Mary, stop worrying about so many things. Make sure that in all the chaos of family, friends and Christmas preparations that we don’t lose focus of the true reason for the season!

I have often been disappointed around this time of year, we build up our expectations, we spend money we don’t have for this one off occasion and so often it’s a let down. Not quite Christmassy enough, or maybe people haven’t appreciated our efforts enough. 

The opposite of disappointment is appointment. So to be diss-appointed means to be taken out of an appointment, removed from a position you felt you should have. Mary’s position that she chose was at the feet of Jesus and I love what Jesus said about her choice, “Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Whatever your holidays are like this year be sure to put yourself at the feet of who the holiday is for, choose what is better, don’t get disappointed this Christmas, but start today as you mean to go on, at the feet of Jesus – it is the one position no one can take from you! 

Luke Cartwright

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