Saturday, December 16, 2017
One of my favorite things to do during the holidays is to look at all the lights. Whether it's the lights of all the little alpine trees in my house, or lights in the neighborhood, it always brightens my heart.
Isn't that how time with those certain friends is? After you've been with them, you feel encouraged, challenged, and hopeful. Something about being with them brings a little joy to your life.
Read Luke 1:39-45 with me.
These are the verses right after Mary was visited by the angel Gabriel and learns she will be having a child. We are told that Mary goes quickly to visit her aunt Elizabeth, who is also expecting a child. I can only imagine it was a frightening time for Mary, and she sought out comfort from being with Elizabeth. While we don't know the exact conversations that took place, we do know that Elizabeth felt John leap within her womb the moment John heard Mary's voice. What joy that must have brought to both women!
2 Timothy 2:1-2 says, "You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also."
When we take the time to visit with others and intentionally invest in them, our lives begin to look a little different. Yes, it takes time and sacrifice on both parts. We may have to travel to their home like Mary did, or give up some "me" time.
Sometimes, like a string of Christmas lights, it can even get tangled up and a bit messy, but...it's worth it in the end when the lights get plugged in and they brighten up things around them. That's how it is with people's lives too. Once we take the time to learn from each other...study His Word together...do life together...we are then better equipped to shine His light to those around us.
Jesus was very intentional with those in which He spent His life. He chose to pour life into others. Who do you see around you in which you can speak life?
As a new year begins, ask God to show you how you can be intentionally involved in "making spirits bright"!
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