“But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” (Luke 2:19)
What do I allow to occupy my inner space? Whatever it is, will determine how I live.
Do I let my fears and insecurities and inadequacies and needs consume me, or do I dwell on what is good and excellent and true and beautiful? All too often, I’m afraid, it is the former rather than the latter. I tend to focus on my shortcomings and gaffes and mistakes and failures, instead of focusing on the victories and progress and growth going on within and around me.
Mary chose to focus on what God was up to within and around her, and it made all the difference. She treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. O Lord, help me to do the same.