The Christmas story is full of drama and divine mystery! That God would choose a virgin to birth His Son, in a culture of political unrest and protect Jesus, Mary and Joseph to write a love story that is unlike any that world has ever known is a divine mystery.
Are there life and leadership lessons that we can glean from the Christmas story? Yes!
- God uses ordinary people for extraordinary purposes. Mary and Joseph, the inner keeper and the shepherd – were all ordinary people. Mary and Joseph were young, inexperienced in life but they were tender in heart. Our ordinariness is a prerequisite for greatness. No matter where life takes us, we must remain ordinary.
- Obedience is the gateway to fulfill a call. Mary and Joseph didn’t know how their story would unfold. They didn’t understand the enormity of the call. They simply obeyed. Following God step by step into the unknown is the only way to fulfill your call.
- Everyone needs a mentor. Mary, in desperation, turned to Elizabeth to be her mentor. Elizabeth came along side Mary. Mentors are indispensable in developing God’s call in our lives.
- When you don’t understand, trust. Even though Mary and Joseph had their questions and fears, they didn’t get stuck on the ‘why me’ or on the ‘how.’ They moved ahead by trusting God. Trust declares that God is in control and will do what is right with our lives.
- Giving is better than taking. “God so loved that He gave….” Giving is at the heart and core of the gospel message. Mary and Joseph gave their lives and through their willingness allowed God to work through them to provide our Redeemer. Takers stifle the movements of God. Givers expand themselves and see God work creatively through them.
- History, is more often than not, shaped in humble beginnings. The entire setting of the Christmas story was ordinary, plain and humble, yet the Saviour of the World was born! Big dreams need a start. Make them simple, ordinary, small.
- No matter what you are experiencing, it’s always part of a bigger plan. During the nine months of carrying the Christ Child, Mary and Joseph had many ordinary days. Days of waiting and unsettling anticipation. They were in a season yet part of a much bigger plan. Seasons in our lives come and go but every season is part of a larger plan.
Take these gifts and apply them into your leadership developing story.