A few months ago, we got an email from an adorable author in Michigan. Katie Reid is a self proclaimed "Martha" who is looking to find grace and peace in the uncertainty of life. She stumbled upon Same Cloth and our Mary & Martha tees while preparing to launch her new book Made Like Martha.
Gettin’ Stuff Done and Changing Lives…Together!
From Katie Reid:
For years, I felt like there was something wrong with me because I identified more with Martha than Mary, from the Bible. Martha was busy working in the kitchen, preparing for her company, while her sister Mary sat listening at Jesus’s feet. Martha was stressed out about all the preparations so she asked Jesus to tell Mary to “help a sister out.” But instead of doing that, Jesus reminded Martha that Mary had chosen the better thing.
This account (in Luke 10:38-42) used to frustrate me. If nobody works, nobody eats, right? But as I took a closer look, I realized that Jesus wasn’t asking Martha to change her temperament to be more pleasing to Him. He was inviting her to exchange her striving and fret for settledness and peace—knowing that He was enough for her.
I don’t think Jesus was asking Martha to sit physically but to take a seat on the inside—to rest in His love for her—whether or not all the items on her to-do list were checked off.
Martha’s to-do list had value but it did not determine her value.
Jesus wasn’t asking Martha to shed her efficiency, but to relax in His presence, even while her hands were busy. For centuries those of us who are made like Martha, have felt guilty for not being more like Mary. But I have good news for you! Jesus never asked Martha to be Mary, but He did invite her to remember who He was and who she was in light of Him—a beloved daughter, not because of what she did, but because she was His. Martha was designed to be a doer and so I am. Getting things done is admirable, but it’s not what makes us more pleasing to Him.
Jesus settled His loved for us on the cross—and His grace is a gift we receive not a prize we earn.
When we believe and receive that good news, we are freed to serve from a place of strength and peace, knowing that our works aren’t a means to earn His love but a response to already being loved by Him.
Ephesians 2:8-10 says:
Whether we relate more to Martha or Mary, God has created us to do good works. These works are a way to honor Him and change the world—or at least our little corner of it. I have chosen Life Choices of Central Michigan as the recipient of the Martha and Mary shirt campaign because they exemplify both characteristics of these sisters.
Like Martha, Life Choices helps meet the needs of those around them from a practical standpoint, through: student education, medical services (like pregnancy tests and ultrasounds) and parent support. Like Mary, they provide emotional support through: listening, encouraging, and valuing their clients (with respect and gentleness). We can do great things when we combine our strengths with the strengths of those around. Like Martha and Mary, we are better together—so that the world may know His power and love.
Consider purchasing whichever shirt you most relate to—Martha or Mary—then buy the other one for a friend who is the opposite. Thank your friend for being fantastic, just the way she is. We’d love to see a picture of the two of you together!
Katie M. Reid encourages others to find grace in the unraveling of life. She is a devoted wife, mom to five loud children, and a fan of cut-to-the-chase conversations over iced tea. She is also a national speaker and author of Made Like Martha: Good News for the Woman Who Gets Things Done (which includes a bonus 5-week bible study). Subscribe to Katie’s blog for weekly encouragement to help you breathe deeply and walk freely.
Same Cloth Project is delighted to partner with Katie to help celebrate the release of her book, Made Like Martha: Good News for the Woman Who Gets Things Done and to give to Life Choices of Central Michigan.
Your shirt purchase will help change lives…thank you!
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