In our fast-paced world, even our thoughts run at top speed. It’s a challenge to resist the speed of television, nonstop music lyrics, and the influx of words on computer screens in order to slowly and deliberately think, ponder, contemplate or reflect.

Taking in information and ideas is an important step in thinking and learning. And when it comes to spiritual matters—truth from God’s Word—it’s crucial to take it in and chew on it.

As I read from the One-Year Bible this morning, I read the verse from Colossians 1:10 that says, “And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.”

I stopped in particular on just the phrases “live a life worthy of the Lord and … please him in every way.”

I thought, This is what I want my life to be: worthy of the Lord, pleasing Him in every way.

So I scribbled that out on a note card and stuck it in my pocket. I’d pull it out to remember those phrases and think about them on and off throughout the morning. I prayed it, too. “I want to live a life worthy of You, Lord. I want to please You in every way.”

And I thought, “I want to please Him, but I don’t.”

So I ask for grace, too … grace to be worthy. Grace to please Him.

The grace to be those things for Him comes from Him.

I’m just a child holding out her hand to Him, to receive what He has to offer me that will make me more worthy and more pleasing to Him.

LL Barkat has me thinking about Mary, the mother of Jesus. When Mary was told, “You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end,” she answered very simply, pleasing God in every way by yielding to Him:

“I am the Lord’s servant … May it be to me as you have said.”

At the beginning of her life—and her Son’s—she said something very close to what her Son would say to His Father toward the end of His: “not my will, but yours be done” (Luke 22: 42).

Jesus pleased the Lord in every way.

And now He helps us please Him, when we yield, submitting to the Father.

Throughout her life, Mary listened and watched and thought. After the shepherds visit, “Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19). And when they found Jesus at the temple, He said, “Why were you searching for me? … Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” Neither Joseph nor Mary understood what he was saying to them, the passage says, but Jesus went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them.

And Mary took it all in. She “treasured all these things in her heart” (Luke 2:51).

I’m no Mary. But I’m trying to listen, watch and think. I want to yield and submit to the Father’s will.

I want to slow down enough to notice and store up what the Lord is revealing, treasuring all these things in my heart.

And I hope that in some way, by God’s grace, I might please Him.

** Visit LL Barkat’s Seedlings in Stone, where she is giving away a copy of The Real Mary: Why Evangelical Christians Can Embrace the Mother of Jesus.

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