The Christmas Story still lingers in my heart as I dwell on the greatest story ever told … and the Characters that made it happen. I have been thinking through each person’s call and their purpose set on the stage of God’s Will, and it is my deep desire to live like them. It is my great conviction to stretch my heart and my hands further in order to continue the message of God’s passionate plea, and in doing so, perhaps His Plan for me will be fulfilled.
I’ve realized that God moves mountains, through people. I sorted through many traits and trials of those He called to claim His Name. I’ve delved into creating a trail behind me for a life of greater love and I believe we are all pieces and parts of the story, as much as we are willing to give…
I see many Marys everywhere, stepping onto a difficult and burdened road, equipped with great faith and fortitude. I witness Joseph’s loyalty and steadfastness in beloved friends and families that rise to the call of obedience. I have been invited into homes and groups of beautiful Innkeepers all my life, when I was lost and needing to belong. I have known countless hard working humble servants who rarely seek reward. And I’ve I witnessed many that live in high places, who sacrifice for the suffering, and share their gifts with those in need. I am blessed with angels that radiate light and encouragement in His message at the perfect time and place. They have all stood to answer God’s call.
The Characters of Christ are everywhere…
I want to be in the story too.
I want to be more like Mary. I want to open my heart to trusting that my faith and fortitude will withstand whatever God gives me. I want to forge the path when it becomes impossible, knowing that He will prevail in the plan. I want the strength and courage to honor the demands of being a faithful follower.
I want to be more like Joseph. I want to stand in loyal support of those I love and sacrifice my own selfish needs to walk beside those who take on a higher call. I want to rise in honor, when God’s voice beckons me to trust and surrender to His will. I pray I am infused with great wisdom and perseverance to do so.
I want to be more like the Innkeeper. I want to open my heart and my home to whomever God brings my way. I want to constantly discern where God leads my heart and my hands to reach. I want to step out of my own busyness and comfortable place to offer solace and serving and sacrifice space.
I want to be more like the shepherd. I want to remain humble when I feel the need for acknowledgement. I want to serve with humility and give up the need to be recognized. When I work tirelessly and feel unnoticed, I pray I remember that God chose the shepherds, therefore He also chooses me. He sees my work, and my worth is measured by His grace. Let that be enough. Mere man’s measurement should have no power over God’s undying love for me. May I be constantly reminded of this truth, when I am resenting no reward.
I want to be more like the wise magi. I want to always remember to give to those who have less than me when I am blessed with abundance. I want to honor the lowest when I am at my highest, by serving and sacrificing my time and riches. If God blesses me with a mighty powerful path, may I always be reminded of the All-mighty God wrapped in rags and lying in the hay. May I constantly seek to wash the feet of those who have less, and may I never soak too long in prideful greed.
Most of all, I want to shine like that of an Angel. I want to illuminate hope and encouragement in a way that opens hearts to the wonder of God’s Glorious Grace. I want to pour out His Peace, even when I am stuck in pain. I want to radiate His Greatness, despite my error of goodness. I want to share His Plan of Deliverance, although I lack the delicate details. I want to carry the wounded with His Comfort, even when I am conflicted. I want to shower the weak with His Strength, even when I often struggle. I want to hold hearts with His Hope, in spite of all my hang-ups. I want to claim His Reigning Power, although I’m just a person. I want to share His Limitless Love, even when my love reaches its limit.
I have the potential to be like all of these Characters in the Christmas Story.
And so do you.
Who will you choose?
I chose them all.