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  • Writer's pictureDanielle Derks Zapchenk

Bonus Christmas Episode of The Parable Podcast | TPP #16

I hope you have an amazing Christmas and you can hold on to the Hope that was born on Christmas. Thank you for listening!


Jesus continued toward Jerusalem and came to another village. Martha, a resident of that village, welcomed Jesus into her home. Her sister, Mary, went and sat at Jesus’ feet, listening to Him teach. Meanwhile Martha was anxious about all the hospitality arrangements.

Martha (interrupting Jesus): Lord, why don’t You care that my sister is leaving me to do all the work by myself? Tell her to get over here and help me.

Jesus: Oh Martha, Martha, you are so anxious and concerned about a million details, but really, only one thing matters. Mary has chosen that one thing, and I won’t take it away from her.

Luke 10:38 -42 The Voice

Our own stress and anxiety can be rooted in Comparison.

Teddy Roosevelt’s motto is true, that “comparison is the thief of joy.”

"Let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t. – Romans 12:6 MSG

Set personal expectations

Watch out for the “Poor Me” – martyr syndrome

Martha went to the one person who can actually fix things

“I will never leave you; I will always be by your side.” Hebrews 13:5

Jesus didn’t blame Martha for being concerned on what needed to be done.

Only one thing truly matters this Christmas season and every day of our life.

While he should be our one focus, the God of the universe is focused on you. He wants to you be a part of His Story.

Reflection Questions:

1. What kind of comparison do you need to knock down and how is that currently stealing your joy?

2. What is one way you can set realistic personal expectations? It is okay to keep things simple.

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