(Above pic – A few of our encouraging notes)
The world right outside our little peep hole and dead-bolted door can be a scary, intimidating place, can’t it? I imagine Mary, the mother of Jesus felt the same way. Can you imagine in your wildest dreams what it would have been like to have carried the Savior of the world in your womb for 9 months? And I thought I had a tough pregnancy… Sheesh.
I imagine she guarded this little miracle with her life. God entrusted this incredible plan to unfold in such a young, pure virgin girl. He bypassed women of royalty. He overlooked those who had a half dozen kids already. He didn’t stop at the Pastor’s house and ask his wife for permission to take up residence. No. He chose Mary. Sweet. Innocent. Favored. Chosen. Mary.
Mary had to overlook where she came from. She had to put aside the “Oh God, why me?” and the “Am I good enough?” mentality. She had to live beyond herself to walk where God was gently beckoning her obedience. Luke 1:38 shows us her submissive spirit as she learns of God’s miraculous plan.
Living beyond ourselves can cause our knees to buckle. It requires us to step out of the box and away from our comfort zone and into the unknown. But Hebrews 11:6 reminds us that without faith, it’s impossible to please God. And faith is built in those times where we can’t see two feet in front of us. It’s where the rubber meets the road. I hope you practiced because it’s game on, baby.
I challenged our Daughters of the King girls this past week to start taking small steps to live beyond themselves. I gave them a pack of post-it notes and a pen and we started writing anonymous notes of encouragement. I challenged them to keep it with them and start putting them up in public places. School, bathrooms, restaurants.. (Idea found at operationbeautiful.com)
It’s human nature to have this deep rooted desire that craves acceptance. The problem is, we’re searching for it in the wrong places. A lack of encouragement from those we love can create the deepest holes in our hearts. But something happens when we reach out to someone else. A light flickers in our hearts when we do a kind deed for someone else. It not only makes their day, but it warms the heart of the giver just the same.
I dare you. Live beyond yourself and your circumstances. Speak up. Be an encourager. You never know who is waiting to hear what you have to say.
P.S. I think you’re pretty awesome. 🙂
Living Life Unscripted,
(Below picture – a few of my awesome post it encouragers!)