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day 49: Perspective of Troubles

Work is full of troubles that can get us down. We look at these challenges as really big ones because we have to deal with them for so many hours a day, so many days a week, and with financial security, career reputations and emotional impact all weighing in the balance. We see these troubles as serious weights around our necks and no matter how we want to lighten them up, they are real and must be managed and dealt with. So, if they are there and sometimes only time can work them through, then the best thing we can do it turn them over to God and ask Him to help us put them in perspective. My church, during this holiday season, has been offering a daily morning worship and devotional time to ready people for Christmas in a much more intentional way than just what can be offered on Sundays. I attended the session this morning and walked away with a new appreciation of the perspective we should be putting against all of our troubles. Imagine the troubles that Mary, the Mother of God, must have felt in the months leading up to the birth of Christ. An unmarried woman, carrying a child that was not that of her fiancee, managing the stigma socially but also the pressures and stresses of what was happening to her. Yes, even with these troubles, beyond anything imaginable, Mary in Luke 1:46-49 proclaims the greatness of the Lord and puts all of her troubles aside to recognize the marvelous and miraculous thing that was about to happen. If today or tomorrow, we think we have it rough, it would be the right time to put things in the perspective of Mary and look to see if there is not something wonderful that God wants to do with you that will emanate from the overcoming of your challenges and troubles.

Reference: Luke 1:46-49 (New Living Testament)