His mother treasured all these things in her heart. Luke 2:41-52 If you’ve ever been to Israel you know that the road from Jerusalem to Nazareth is not a short one. After traveling three days Mary and Joseph weren’t very pleased with their son Jesus, but how can you not love a child who desires to be in God’s house? Like most parents I still have items that belong to my sons when they were children and gifts they made for me on special holidays. These small treasures completely overshadow those times they were disobedient as children occasionally are. Even more so, God treasures us in the same way Mary treasured Jesus, and in the way we treasure our own children. Thank you God for your Love for us over shadows our moments of disobedience in the flesh and in your hands we are treasured.
I knew that you were a harsh man…. Matthew 25:14-30 Fear, disappointment and judgment will cause anyone of us to focus on the pain rather than focus on the goal. I am convinced that this parable isn’t so much about being enslaved because we are all slaves to something. Rather, I think it is more about God’s desire for us to focus on the gift, however great or small. Each of us has a passion for something. When we discover what that passion is, it is our responsibility to look for ways to give it life. Much like anything that is planted, the passion needs to be nurtured by our faith in God, in order to grow. If we are too focused on the external environments that sometimes work against us, we limit our opportunities to experience God’s grace and glory in our lives. Go For It! God’s love for us is greater than our fears.