by Harmony Vuycankiat
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I am always in awe of Mary, the mother of Jesus. She was so young yet so highly favored by the Lord. Her response to the unique call that God placed on her life was extraordinary. She accepted the mission that God gave her without question or complaint. This godly woman truly inspires me to be a radical Christ follower.
The thing that encourages me the most about Mary is her humility. Luke 1:48 gives us a glimpse into her faith-filled heart: “For He took notice of his lowly servant girl, and from now on all generations will call me blessed.”
Mary’s whole perspective on the news that she would be carrying the Christ-child was seen through the eyes of gratitude. Instead of viewing nine months of pregnancy as an inconvenience, she saw it as an opportunity. There was a chance that she could have been shunned by society by her unmarried status but instead, she chose joy. In fact, Mary is so aware of her lowly state that she recognizes the importance of God noticing her by declaring that she is blessed.
What an unusual and unlikely response for her to have. Every Christmas I ask myself if I would have responded in the same manner as Mary. Would I, given the controversial circumstances, have reacted in such a graceful way?
If you really think about it, who gets excited over defamation of character? Does anyone really like being talked about in a derogatory way? I am sure Mary was no different than you and me, and had genuine concerns over her newly tainted reputation. She did now allow her concerns to have a voice, however.
So, this holiday season, I am taking a lesson from sweet Mary. It is so easy this time of year to ignore the blessings that God has given me because of the burdens I am carrying around. I do not want to miss the opportunities that present themselves in the midst of my inconveniences, though. I do not want to be so focused on what other people might think of me that I neglect to speak of what God has done for me.
This Christmas, I choose to remember that God sees me in my humble state, just like He saw Mary. So I will keep my heart tuned to His voice so that my words only reflect thankfulness. Then others will plainly see that Jesus has indeed made His home in me.