04.02.2012

Monday Manna: How To Be a Do & Not a Don’t

Laurie Cole POSTED BY Laurie Cole

Ever had a meltdown? Sure you have. Ever have one in public? Embarrassing. But hopefully, it wasn’t caught on camera, uploaded to YouTube, and watched by millions like our friend Martha’s was.

Martha’s meltdown went viral — but not exactly on the internet or YouTube. No, hers was recorded for all time in the Bible. The Word of God. Talk about embarrassing. And for 2000 years, millions of people have read the account of Martha’s famous meltdown:

Luke 10:38-42 (NLT) 
38 As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed them into her home.
39 Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught.
40 But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.”
41 But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details!
42 There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”

One minute, Martha was Ms. Hospitality. Two verses later, Ms. Meltdown. And today, this snapshot of Martha has become the source of countless sermons with the primary application being: don’t be a Martha.

We can all relate to Martha. We’ve all had days when we were a don’t. But Martha didn’t stay there. And neither should we.

Fast forward to her next encounter with Jesus which occurred several months later and only four days after the death of her brother, Lazarus:

John 11:21-27 (NLT)
21 Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died.
22 But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask.”
23 Jesus told her, “Your brother will rise again.”
24 “Yes,” Martha said, “he will rise when everyone else rises, at the last day.”
25 Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.
26 Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?”
27 “Yes, Lord,” she told him. “I have always believed you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who has come into the world from God.”

We tend to forget about this scriptural snapshot of Martha. The Martha who is so confident in Christ. The Martha who is facing worst-case-scenario circumstances without the slightest hint of a meltdown in the making. The Martha who is a do.

But God didn’t forget. And I believe He included this snapshot of Martha in John’s Gospel so that we wouldn’t forget that He doesn’t just see us when we’re don’ts. He sees us when we’re dos, too. And aren’t you grateful?

It’s Monday. Maybe your Monday got off to a rough start. Maybe your week will even include a meltdown. I hope not. But if it does, precious sister, I hope you’ll do what Martha did. Don’t stay in that snapshot of you as a don’t. Move forward by forgiveness and faith. And when you do, rest assured that your Father will see that beautiful, new snapshot of you. As a do.

Praying for you this Monday, your sister,




2 comments on “Monday Manna: How To Be a Do & Not a Don’t

    Candace says:

    What a great observation about the gal I’ve always thought has gotten a bad rap. I like Martha. I can relate to Martha. I understand Martha. And too often….I am like Martha. But the even greater observation here is what you point out about our wonderful and loving Heavenly Father….’He doesn’t just see us when we’re don’ts. He sees us when we’re do’s.’ Praise God! I love that about Him! Today I feel encouraged as a parent. It’s so easy sometimes to only focus on where I feel my kids are staggering or flat out failing, but if I follow our PERFECT Heavenly Father’s parenting skills….we can see that while He definitely deals with our shortcomings, He also ENCOURAGES us toward His more perfect way for us. When we succeed, Who is there with a big smile on His face and a loving word of praise? Yep, our Abba Daddy. Who WOULDN’T want to get up and keep trying with love like that cheering us on? Especially for a perfectionist, it’s easy to dwell on my faults and mistakes, but my Father sees me as a ‘do’, and knowing He does makes me want to try again and please Him all the more. Thanks for the encuragement to ‘forget what lies behind and press toward the mark of the high calling in Christ Jesus’. To accept and embrace the grace and encouragement from our wonderful God is a gift indeed. :) Bless you today, Laurie! Thanks again!

    p.s. Martha is on my list of people I can’t wait to meet in Heaven. I bet we’ll find her sitting at Jesus’ feet. :)

    Debbie says:

    For many, WAY TOO many, years of my life I kept looking to people to help make me happy. At first I looked to my parents, grandparents, then hubby, inluvs & then even my children. At all those points in my life, I knew & loved but also feared God. But it took me years to understand the FULL love of God. But as He patiently waited for me to go through each of those relationships & “seasons”, I felt myself being pulled nearer & deeper in “”love with Him”. Each time I was disappointed or hurt by one of my loved ones, I’d have a “meltdown”. But each time, AMAZINGLY to me , I came away with a better understanding of God’s great love. Today I look at the scripture Psalm 62:2 He alone is my Rock & my salvation; I will NEVER be shaken!!!!!! And also, amazingly ALL of my relationships are prospering…..Thank You Father God. (:~)

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