Welcome to Three-Peat Tuesday!
Building from my recent book UNBEATABLE! Seven Pillars of Personal Excellence, each blog will contain three P’s: Pillar, Principle, and Practical, all geared towards nourishing you on your personal and spiritual growth journey.
Pillar: The Soul That Adores
“Adoration is the preoccupation of the soul with the beauty of the Lord”-Eric Gilmour, author
Principle: Adored and Treasured
It’s unbelievable that Christmas 2020 is already here! December just crept up on us, didn’t it? I think that’s partly because we’ve all been so focused on successfully navigating through the pandemic waters, that the time simply flew by.
What have you longed for this season besides some well-deserved rest, of course? The above-quoted author, Eric Gilmour, has eloquently defined for us an appropriate diversion for the holidays. He invites our souls to delight in the beauty of God and his Beloved, Jesus the Messiah.
In first-century Bethlehem, angels and shepherds, together with Mary and Joseph seemed to have heeded Gilmour’s call way before it was even made. Consider these responses to the birth of Christ as recorded by Luke, the physician:
“And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.”
Anxiety. Anticipation. Amazement. Adulation. Adoration. In the midst of heavenly glory clothed in humility, notice Mary’s inner posture: she treasured in her heart all that was happening before her very eyes. She stilled her soul and pondered quietly. It was a historic moment of adoration when divine majesty became human royalty.
Practical: Worthy of Adoration
This season, restore the joy of adoring Immanuel, the One who is worthy.
If you were inspired by this blog, please consider sharing it with one other person today. To learn more about these and other related themes that promote the cultivation of an integrated inner self, read UNBEATABLE! which is now available on Amazon in print and as an e-book.