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Faith positivity

Find the Good

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“But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” Luke 2:9

Pastorpete51 of Praise2worshipdotnet recently shared a superb story about the mother of Jesus from a fresh angle. Mary’s Treasure focuses on the fact that this young (very pregnant) woman had just traveled a considerable distance and then given birth in a stable.

Pastor Pete sets the scene:

Finally, just as Mary and her newborn baby settled off to sleep, a crowd of shepherds stampeded in and began singing and shouting something about angels.

Peter Caligiuri

But rather than being annoyed, the Bible says Mary “Treasured all these things and pondered them in her heart.”

In other words, she recognized that the events unfolding around her were a fulfillment of what the angel Gabriel told her nine months earlier.

If you don’t already follow Pastor Pete’s blog, please check it out! He shares some great scriptural thoughts, sprinkled with personal stories and music. Again, it’s called praise2worshipdotnet.

I have these two bracelets that I often wear–doubled up, just like this. They remind me that I need to look twice as hard for the good.

I think that’s what Mary did. After traveling 90 miles by donkey to give birth in a barn, she treasured the shepherd’s story of how angels told them about her newborn son.

She found the good. And so can we.

No, everything that happens to us isn’t going to be positive, but our response CAN be.

Thank God for Mary, who agreed to be the mother of Jesus Christ. She went through more trauma (and later, grief) than most moms, but I believe she kept the faith.

For a look at why finding the good–especially these days–is more important than ever, please read my post, The Sky is Probably NOT Falling.

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Christmas servanthood

King David-Doorkeeper

“I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.” Psalm 84:10 (NIV)

Back when I worked for Frito Lay, Inc, there was a story that circulated about a fellow RSR (Route Sales Representative) who had a chance encounter with the company CEO.

It happened on Christmas Eve in picturesque Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The RSR was busy stocking the displays at a local convenience store, when in walked the CEO! As it turned out, the BIG BOSS had a home in the area and was spending Christmas in snowy Colorado.

“Steamboat Springs, Colorado Mountains” by DaggieW is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Well, as the story goes, the CEO saw the young delivery driver surrounded by boxes of salty snacks on Christmas Eve and decided to “chip” in.😉 For the next 30 minutes the top executive of Frito Lay worked side by side with one of the rank and file— stocking shelves!

What a picture!

King David imagined a similar role reversal when he said he’d rather be a doorkeeper at the synagogue than hang out with the wicked.

Picture the scene: You show up at the temple for worship and one of the ushers is the King of Israel!

“Would you like a bulletin? There are still a few empty seats down front.”

“That’s prince Solomon’s dad!” you stammer out loud, taking out your phone for a picture.


A similar spirit of service and humility made Jesus willing to be born in a barn. And God’s equal becoming humanity’s servant is WAY bigger than CEO’s stocking shelves or kings handing out bulletins!

“And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross!” Philippians 2:8 (NIV)

And He did this only for kings, CEO’s and other very important people? Nope.


Christ died for us ALL!

“But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 (NIV)

To a delivery driver stocking shelves on Christmas Eve, or the shepherds out in the fields keeping watch over their flocks by night, it’s just another day on the job—until THE BOSS shows up!

“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10 (NIV)

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“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, to men on whom His favor rests.” Luke 2:14 (NIV)

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Christian Living Perspective

Counterbalance

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One of my favorite toys on the playground as a kid was the seesaw. Two children, about the same weight, could have endless fun going up and down, up and down. That is until one of the more agile boys perfected a naughty trick: bailing off the seat when it was near the ground. The other kid came crashing down of course, and it was quite a blow to the “bohonkus.” Thus the allure. Once some other mischievous boys caught on (I was one of them), nobody wanted to teeter-totter anymore.

Frankly, I’m a bit bored by the wall-to-wall, “2020 has been such a strange year!” posts. Duh! Tell me something I don’t know, and, while you’re at it, could you please make it part of a compelling story?🙃

Seriously though, it does feel like something bailed off the seat of this calendar year, causing all of us to drop like rocks, and it’s worth talking about.

Searching for biblical applications also sounds like a good idea. My “bohonkus” hurts!

“We are often troubled, but not crushed; sometimes in doubt, but never in despair; there are many enemies, but we are never without a friend; and though badly hurt at times, we are not destroyed.” 2 Corintians 4:8-9 (GNT)

There must have been seesaws in the first century AD, because Paul absolutely nails how it feels after a free fall. It’s a blow to one’s pride and overall sense of well being after a sudden physical impact.

In other words, this &!#$ pandemic!

Remember those little egg-shaped toys that came out in the 70’s called Weebles? They were weighted at the bottom in such a way that gravity always made them stand back up–no matter how hard you flinked them.

“Weebles” by unloveablesteve is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

“Weebles wobble, but they don’t fall down.”

Here’s the physics teacher explanation: “Tipping an egg-shaped weeble causes a weight located at the bottom center to be lifted off the ground. Once released, gravity brings the weeble back into an upright position. Essentially, there is only one way in which a weeble can achieve mechanical equilibrium.” Source, Wikipedia.

Mechanical equilibrium. I’d like some more of that, please.

“If the Lord delights in a man’s way, He makes his steps firm. Though he stumbles, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with His hand.” Psalm 37:23-24 (NIV)

Thank God, all of His children are “weighted” in such a way that, though we may wobble, we don’t fall down!

God’s “gravity” works in the spiritual realm, as well as the physical. Just like He said, “Let there be light,” and there was light (Gen. 1:3), the light of Christ shines in our hearts and keeps standing us upright (2 Corinthians 4:6).

There’s just one caveat: we can’t take credit for any of it.

“Yet we who have this spiritual treasure are like common clay pots, in order to show that the supreme power belongs to God, not to us.” 2 Corinthians 4:7 (GNT)

Weebles may not fall down, but they aren’t indestructible. I’m an eyewitness to the fact that they can be crushed by the family station wagon.😳

“The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing”

Jesus — John 6:63 (NIV)

One hundred years from now we’ll all be dead, and the surreal events of 2020 reduced to a footnote. Sure, there will still be Chambers on the Road, but the rest of us will be but fading blips on the blogosphere.

Only the eternal is REALLY real.


“For we fix our attention, not on things that are seen, but on things that are unseen. What can be seen lasts for a time, but what cannot be seen lasts forever.” 2 Corinthians 4:18 (GNT)

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