A Key To Happiness… Treasure The Moment – Luke 2:1-24
From my reading in Luke 2:1-24 in the One Year New Testament.
Treasure The Moment
The Christmas story is filled with profound and life changing details, but one detail stood out to me today. It was about something that Mary did that I believe to be one of the keys to happiness in life. This is only an example and not a command, but I believe that if people learn to do this one thing they will experience new levels of contentment.
“But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.” Luke 2:19
Life is a gift. That first Christmas Mary experienced one of the greatest moments in human history. Mary wisely thought of these precious moments often. We see this as a pattern in Mary’s life, because in a different story of Jesus as a boy in the temple it says this about Mary.
“And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them. And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart.” Luke 2:51
Mary understood that certain moments are filled with meaning and significance. She was wise to seek to remember these moments.
Remembering God’s goodness in the past helps us trust God for our future.
What Does It Mean To Treasure A Moment?
Louw Nida lexicon defines the greek word συντηρέω for treasure here as…
“to exert mental effort in storing information so as to have continual access and use of it—‘to cause oneself to be fully aware of, to keep in mind, to remember.”
Treasuring the moment involves making an effort to remember the moments of God’s goodness in your life.
Mary didn’t have an iPhone to instagram baby Jesus #savior #peaceonearth #swaddletime. She just had her memory.
Don’t rely on technology alone to help you remember the moments of God’s goodness, take a mental picture and enjoy the moment for what it is. Being fully in the moment is one of the keys to happiness.
A different kind of mother, Mother Theresa, the world-renowned philantopist who worked with dying people said,
“Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.”
I know it sounds cliche, but now is the only time any of us actually experiences. I believe we would lead much happier and full lives if we learn to slow down and treasure the special moments God gives us each day.
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