M: Mature Martha. Hebrews 6:1-3–“Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And God permitting, we will do so.” (NIV)
Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition of maturity:
- The quality or state of being mature
- Having completed natural growth and development
- Having attained a final or desired state
- Of, or relating to, being an older adult
- Characteristic of or suitable to a mature individual
Phrases/quotes pertaining to maturity:
- Maturity comes with experience, not age
- Maturity is when we live by the truths that are in our heart and soul
- Be the person you are. Never try to be another, and you will become mature
- Our maturity will be judged by how well we are able to agree to disagree and yet continue to love one another
M: Mature Martha’s Story:
“As the matriarch and current President of the Christian Women’s Association, Martha often found herself in situations where she had to be mature and wise in leading the group of charitable women volunteers in the community.
Martha was responsible for, and in charge of, initiating many of the community’s fundraisers: tickets for the local charity ball to benefit the pediatrics ward at the local hospital; learning-to-read books for kids in first to third grade at Porter Elementary School; funds for the soup kitchens and Salvation Army in two counties; Middle and High School fundraisers to support the PTO; obtaining volunteers to help with the Christmas Shop at the elementary school (students were able to purchase inexpensive items for their family and friends); and many more.
As a former high school teacher, Martha tutored high school students two days a week in math and English to help prepare them for college preparatory entrance exams. Martha’s knowledge and experience over the years helped a number of students to pass their exams and prepared them to write letters of interest and fill out applications to numerous colleges.
Although Martha never married, her heart and soul was in her community and she shared her maturity and wisdom by living out the truths that were in her heart and soul to both her students and friends.
When Martha retired from teaching, she was awarded a monetary gift and plaque for her years of service not only to her students but to the faculty and friends that appreciated and valued her in high esteem. The plaque stated:
‘To Our Distinguished Martha who has served Smithville High School for 30 years, and for her untiring devotion and attention to all of its students, we wanted to personally thank you for all that you have contributed–with maturity and wisdom–that you imparted to the students that you have taught and to the faculty who came to love and respect you as a teacher.
Ephesians 2:10 says: “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Martha, you certainly have exemplified this scripture in your life and our school was so very fortunate to have you as one of our faculty members. We wish you all the best in your continued journey to ‘do good works.’
At the retirement party, Martha’s heart was full of praise and thanksgiving that she was able to live her life to the fullest every day because she truly believed that “she was God’s workmanship, created to do good works” and others felt her commitment and love.
Martha then became the President of the Christian Women’s Association and continues to do what God had prepared her to do.”
Like Martha, may we all have the maturity and wisdom to share our life’s experiences with others who need to be shown the love of God by helping with whatever God has prepared us to do because we truly are “God’s workmanship and were created to do good works.”