Like many people during this time of year, it was a must that I venture to the post office. I needed stamps to mail my Christmas greeting cards. Guessing by the packed post office lobby, so was everyone else. We all stood there patiently waiting in the long single line, mixed with other patrons looking to send out packages. Suddenly a glimmer of hope: the clerks opened a register for stamp purchase only. I quietly thought to myself, “This is it; only one person in front of me now.” Like everyone else, I was in a hurry. You would have thought they were giving away a million dollars, the way everyone darted for the line. People began cutting in front of others, who had been patiently waiting longer than them. This all got me wondering about how Jesus sees us, especially this time of year. I read in a Christmas book before, “If I have a perfect house and give the perfect gift but do not show love to my family what good is it?”
Isn’t that so true? We can all become wrapped up in the Idea of Christmas and really miss the point. Jesus is not concerned with how perfect your house is decorated, or if you mailed your greetings cards on time. He is more concerned with your inward condition. Are you showing His love to those around you? Even at the post office? If we take a minute and stop rushing we might see that there are people hurting and many in need of a Savior. So I challenge you to take a moment and ask Jesus what He wants from you this year, for His birthday!
Luke 2: 13-14
13– And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14- “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men.”
About Ana Martinez
Ana Martinez was born in Michigan. When she was age 4, her parents Pastor Juan and Deborah Martinez founded the Potter’s House Christian Fellowship in Almont, Mich. Ana grew up in the church and in a humble, loving Christian home. Her parent’s faithfulness and commitment to ministry for over 27 years has been a testimony to her. In her youth she was like the prodigal son. She knows what it means to walk away from your call and to stray from the Word of God. Her life experiences have taught her that God’s way and His principals are worth upholding. She is a God-fearing Christian woman determined to do the will of The Lord. Her heart’s desire is to reach the lost and win souls for the kingdom of heaven by sharing the Good News, according to Matthew 28:19. Ana truly believes people are hurting and need to know that there is forgiveness through Jesus Christ. Matthew 11:28, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give ye rest.”
Ana has served on the Missionary Field, and has served in and led praise and worship, web design, children’s ministry and youth ministry. Ana’s most recent initiative isGeorgia Peach Ministry, a non-profit she founded that serves widows and orphans. Ana is also on the board of the Potter’s House Christian Fellowship. Ana is a private chef and has worked with professional athletes over the past five years. She is also an entrepreneur and is part owner in an interior design business, a chef placement business, and is entering into the food product industry.
Ana resides in Southern California with her three beautiful children and seeks daily to model this scripture from Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”