Kaleidoscope Lives: Mary {Bland Brown}

Kaleidoscope Lives: Mary {Bland Brown}

KaleidoscopeFine-Tuning the Future


Average, Common

Living, Working, Planning

God’s system of salvation

Rejoicing, Raising, Reflecting

Humble, Revered


nativity story 2

Warning: you are about to see my heart.

I’ve got some decisions to make.  I am about to face some adventures, and I am terrified.  I am excited.  I am at war with myself.  Also, I have been asked to fill some leadership rolls, and, honestly, I feel inadequate.  Who am I to lead these groups? I can hardly rule over myself; I fall into the same sins again and again.  How am I supposed to lead others?

Moses couldn’t lead himself either.  He killed an Egyptian.  He was not fit to speak (Ex. 3:11).  Furthermore, God planned to kill him because he disobeyed God in order to avoid conflict with his wife (Ex. 4:24-26).  Yet, Moses led an entire nation to freedom.

God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise.  – I Corinthians 1:27

Mary was just a young virgin from an unassuming town.  She was nothing special, just another peasant girl working in the home.  She had no accolades.  Even her name was common and implied bitterness.  Yet, Jesus himself was born in her.

Not many mighty, not many noble, are called. – I Corinthians 1:26

God does not need me to be independent, strong, brave, autonomous, or perfect.  In fact, Paul states that wise human words can make the cross of Christ “of none effect” (I Cor. 1:17).  He needs me to be like Mary–humble, relying on Him, and obedient.

I want to be used by God, and I must find my strength in Him alone. In Paul’s words, I must be “enriched by Him” (I Cor. 1:5).  My own knowledge will fail–God will even destroy it (I Cor. 1:19)–, but “the foolishness of God is wiser than men” (I Cor. 1:25).

If any man glory, let him glory in the Lord.  – I Corinthians 1:31

God, use me as your humble servant.

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