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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From my reading in Luke 1:21-38 in the One Year New Testament.
Mary just got done hearing what would be the most life changing news of her life! The angel Gabriel just finish telling her she would have a son by the Holy Spirit and this was her response.
“I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” Luke 1:38
I believe this attitude is one of the reasons God chose Mary for this noble task. She was a servant. Mary was humble and willing to accept whatever God had for her. This allowed her to trust God even for the most miraculous of events.
Mary is a great example of humble service of God. If you want to be used by God in powerful ways you must be willing to accept whatever the Lord brings you.
Are you open to God using you, even to do something unusual?
From my reading in Mark 16 in the One Year New Testament.
Have you ever noticed that besides Mary mother of Jesus and Mary Magdalene there was another Mary who was one of the first to see Jesus’ empty tomb! (Actually there were several other Marys.)
“Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome went out and purchased burial spices so they could anoint Jesus’ body.” Mark 16:1
She didn’t have any extra-ordinary role but she was a part of the story. She was one of the women who followed him in Galilee and even helped support his ministry!
“Some women were there, watching from a distance, including Mary Magdalene, Mary (the mother of James the younger and of Joseph), and Salome. They had been followers of Jesus and had cared for him while he was in Galilee. Many other women who had come with him to Jerusalem were also there. Mark 15:40–41
She was not a big name in the Bible but she played an important role. There will be other people more famous or popular than you. There will be people who get a lot of credit for what they do.
The question is are you willing to participate in what Jesus is doing even if you don’t get much air time?
Am I willing to be the other Mary?
We all have a part to play, and it is God’s choice who will be lifted up and who will simply get to be a part of what He is doing.
I pray that I will be content experiencing the power of the resurrection and being a faithful servant, even if that means living in obscurity.
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