Questions for Mary

“25 Questions For Mary”

From Max Lucado’s Book, “God Came Near.”

1. What was it like watching him pray?

2. How did he respond when he saw other kids giggling during the service at the synagogue?

3. When he saw a rainbow, did he ever mention a flood?

4. Did you ever feel awkward teaching him how he created the world?

5. When he saw a lamb being led to the slaughter, did he act differently?

6. Did you ever see him with a distant look on his face as if he were listening to someone you couldn’t hear?

7. How did he act at funerals?

8. Did the thought ever occur to you that the God to whom you were praying was asleep under your own roof?

9. Did you ever try to count the stars with him….and succeed?

10. Did he ever come home with a black eye?

11. How did he act when he got his first haircut?

12. Did he have any friend by the name of Judas?

13. Did he do well in school?

14. Did you ever scold him?

15. Did he ever have to ask a question about Scripture?

16. What do you think he thought when he saw a prostitute offering to the highest bidder the body he made?

17. Did he ever get angry when someone was dishonest with him?

18. Did you ever catch him pensively looking at the flesh on his own arm while holding a clod of dirt?

19. Did he ever wake up afraid?

20. Who was his best friend?

21. When someone referred to Satan, how did he act?

22. Did you ever accidentally call him Father?

23. What did he and his cousin John talk about as kids?

24. Did his brothers and sisters understand what was happening?

25. Did you ever think, That’s God eating my soup?Image

What to do about December?

Hebrews 11: 7 –By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.

Do we have a faith that “condemns the world?” Do we even have a faith that is in such sharp contrast to the world around us, that it stands out like a light on a hilltop?

Lights aren’t meant to be hidden. Matthew 5:14-16:

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.  Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

So why do we so often hide what we have? Why is it that we look so much like the world around us, that it is hard to draw a line of distinction between where the world ends and where our faith begins?

If this is difficult for those in full-time ministry sometimes, I can only imagine the greater challenge that a secular or military career would have in this area.

I’m challenging myself in December to live December differently this year. It seems every December, a new perspective is openly sought, making it sort of cliché in and of itself to “do it differently this year.” So I’m not really sure what December is going to hold, or how I’m going to do what I’m challenging myself to do. And that’s the point. I want to work on the “controlling me.” The “me” in charge of my day, my plans, my agendas, and my self. I want to feed that “me” a little less (ok, a lot less), during a month of the year in which that selfish “me” has the biggest appetite – and I’m not just talking about food here!

No matter the number of December’s lived through, family gatherings endured, or Christmas’ that have blended together, his mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3).

No plan, no agenda, and no self-help book to help me accomplish. Just eyes wide open. Follow Him. With every fiber of my being, seeking to keep the flame fanned.

This post was not well-thought out, nor deeply researched. But it is borne of a passion to fearfully pursue Him, and faithfully serve Him, and fearfully worship Him; a passion in which I hope you share with me!

So, think about it. Will you join me?