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“If you are a scholar, a student in any educational establishment, or an official in some ministry, an officer in any of the branches of the military service, or a technologist, a painter, a sculptor, a manufacturer, a mechanic - remember that the first science for each one of you is to be a true Christian, to believe sincerely in the Holy Trinity, to converse daily with God in prayer, to take part in the Divine service, to observe the rules and regulations of the Church, and to bear in your heart, before your work, during your work, and after your work, the name of Jesus, for He is our light, our strength, our holiness, and our help.” (St. John of Kronstadt)

“Everything we value in life – our other relationships, achievements, heritage, education, conduct –– pales before our commitment to Christ Jesus. He exceeds every desire and goal of this world.” (Dynamis 10/13/2018)

“There are some who will state that it is difficult to put God ahead of our spouse, or our parents, or even our children. Why does God need to be first anyway? Why is He making us question our priorities? The answer to these questions are simple and quite unique. Christ reminds us that if we love Him first, if we place God first in order of priority – that our experience on this world will be intensified. Christ reminds us that our love for God will be overshadowed by God’s Love for us and it is through God’s over-whelming Love and Forgiveness that we have the ability to be His Children and follow His Example.” (Father Peter Orfanakos)

“Practice doesn’t make perfect, practice makes permanent.” That bit of wisdom resonated within my heart and is an important model for our spiritual lives. Practice makes permanent! Indeed, our patterns and behavior will set into motion the direction of our lives. The way we pray and prioritize our spiritual life, the way we speak, the way we love, the way we respond to conflict; all have been consciously or unconsciously practiced over the years and have become a permanent part of our life.” (Fr. Tom Tsagalakis)

“The blameless one rises each day with an eye toward living in accordance with the revelation offered by God. All other things find their proper order after this priority.” (Gordon MacDonald)

"Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her. (Luke 10:41-42) Martha is not rebuked for serving, but for complaining and for being distracted, worried, and troubled. In following Christ, we serve in order to facilitate the spread of the gospel." (Orthodox Study Bible, Luke 10:38-42)

“Martha’s shift in priorities became evident by the manner in which she appealed to the Lord Jesus. She scolds: “Don’t You care?…tell her to help me!” (Lk. 10:40). The pressure of ‘the urgent’ transformed Martha’s service into self-service. Was she most concerned about the Lord and His teaching or her needs as a hostess? What motivated Martha? Was it the chance to be ‘a slave to all,’ or her own concerns with the tasks of providing hospitality singlehandedly? Saint Theophan the Recluse points out how easily we can succumb to pleasing ourselves: the self “…seeks its own comfort and pleasure in all its doing, even the most righteous and spiritual, and secretly and lustfully feeds on it as though it were food.” (OCPM 8/15/2017)

“We succumb to the Martha Spirit all of the time which is a twin spirit of distraction and self-service. We delude ourselves in our busyness that we are doing something for others when in fact we really doing it for ourselves, driven by our own perfectionism, a sense of the urgent, perceived social pressures, what we think people will think of us, and the like. The busyness then serves as a major distraction and our life becomes a hamster wheel. Luke 10:42 reminds us that only one thing ever needed and that is Christ.” (Sacramental Living Blog)

“Service to Christ can degenerate into mere busywork that is totally devoid of devotion to God.” (Life Application Study Bible, Luke 10:38-42)