Christmas time really is the best time of year. We are celebrating the birth of our Lord Jesus! I think everyone is just a little bit happier. I have noticed it a little more this year than in the past. But maybe that is because I am carrying around a sweet little girl with me. I have gotten doors opened for me, shopping carts put away for me, and many other sweet gestures. Maybe its the season, or maybe it’s because I still look a little awkward balancing a diaper bag, carseat, and a cart full of groceries. Whatever it is really puts me in the Christmas spirit. It makes me think about my own Christmas spirit. Am I taking the time to help others out? Or am I stuck in my own little world?
I just started a Christmas devotional on my phone. Each day it gives you different chapters to read on the Christmas story. If you are looking for a bible app for your phone, I highly recommend you version. While I was reading out of Luke 1, I really began to think about Mary and Joseph. How many times do we read about Mary, a virgin, conceiving a baby? How many times do we really think deeply about that? I know we all know that she could have been stoned for having a baby before being married. But it is her response to the angel that really makes me ponder my own faith. Luke 1 26-38 describes her encounter with the angel. She asks how it can be. The angel tells her with God nothing is impossible. She answers that she is the Lords servant and may the word be fulfilled through her. I don’t know about you, but if that were me, I would have probably been having a panic attack. So many questions would have flooded my mind. “Why me? I am not good enough to be carrying the Savior of the world! What will people think of me? This is such a huge task, I can’t do this!” On and on I probably would have went making excuses why it shouldn’t be me, or how can this even be possible? But Mary calmly replies that she is the Lords servant and wants to be used for him. It leaves me in awe.
It also leaves me wondering, how many times has God asked me to do something and I have made excuses believing I was not good enough? Or how many times have I felt unfulfilled because I didn’t think my calling was meaningful enough?
Maybe you are there with me. Maybe you feel called to do something by God. At first you may feel excited and ready to tackle it. But all too soon the excitement wears off and you are faced with real life. You begin doubting your calling.
Maybe it is the stay at home mom who feels a little useless. Behind the loads of laundry, dirty dishes, and un-met to do list, you feel like a hamster in a wheel. But the truth is, your calling right now is so very important. A tiny heart(s) is trusting you and depending on you each day.
Maybe its the mom who wants to stay at home but has to work. Maybe you have a plan to stay home but it feels like an eternity before it will ever happen. Hang in there you are doing the best you can.
Maybe it is the mom who chooses to work but feels guilty about leaving her children in someone else’s care. Maybe you are second guessing your decision. Don’t let guilt change your mind. You do what is best for your family!
Maybe it is the person who just made a big decision. Maybe your friends and family don’t understand your decision. You are made to feel like you made the wrong one. Stick to your guns, you know your situation better than anyone else.
Maybe its the person on the park bench who feels like their life has no meaning. They watch people pass and wonder how all these people can have it figured out, while their own life feels so out of control. No one has it all figured out, and your life is of infinite worth.
Or maybe you are the person who is so filled with joy and are on the mountain top today. You are on your path and are loving it. You are living out God’s plan for your life.
Whoever and wherever you are today, know that you are so loved, God sent his son to die for you. I can’t imagine giving my child to die for a friend, let alone a stranger. So when you feel down, When you feel discouraged, know that God loves you so very much. When you feel like your purpose isn’t as good as someone else’s, know thats not true. If God has called you to it, it will work out for his glory no matter how small or big it may seem.
So this Christmas time as I think about Mary and her willingness to be used, I pray that God will use me for his glory no matter how big or small it may seem. I pray that you too will have courage to act out God’s plan for you with joy. And that we can all stop and take time out of this busy season to ponder the real meaning of Christmas.