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God made a surprising choice. He chose the simple. He could have thrown a big ticker tape parade on
Fifth Avenue with
bands and broadcasts and trombones, but when he comes, God actually chooses the simple—not the
grandiose, not the
complex. And Mary is the supreme symbol of that.
From The Turning Point
So let's think for just a minute about how he got here—how he got to be right next door. And let's
think about it from
just two little perspectives for a moment. First, let's think about it from the selection of
Gabriel. You remember
Gabriel, the archangel, the one selected to go to share with Mary the Good News that she's gonna be
the mother of God?
Don't you wish you could have been there? Don’t you wish you could have been there when Gabriel and
all the archangels
and all the angels were there as God was deciding which one of them was gonna get the select task
of being the one to
go announce the Good News to Mary? Wow! What a cool moment!
But then there's that second moment that oftentimes we spend a lot of time thinking about because
it's hard to believe
that the whole world—all of human history—turned on one little girl who was chosen; one little
Jewish girl on her knees
in prayer when the angel Gabriel appears to her. You can almost feel her lose her breath. Gabriel
comes to share with
her the news, but let's stop for just a moment to remember who Mary was. I mean, talk about
incredible. We're talking
about an unmarried rural teenage virgin. Unmarried, who's gonna be pregnant. Rural, lives in the
middle of nowhere.
Teenager, barely knows which way is up. And a virgin. Angel Gabriel comes to her—she's in Nazareth,
no less. (Nazareth
is at the intersection of nowhere and lost. I mean, it's halfway between the Sea of Galilee and the
Population at that time was four or five hundred people at the most, and she's the one who's chosen
by God to be the
turning point, the hinge point of history. And you and I know that marvelous moment when she says
So as a strong extrovert, my energy revolves around my interaction with others. Being busy is just
who I am. This past
summer though, the color-coded calendar was so jam-packed with events. There would be adoration or
happy hour after
work, brewery tours, weekend trips . . . you name it. So it really wasn't until probably the end of
July once I started
noticing these massive bags under my eyes, and my skin's breaking out, and I'm feeling completely
drained and tired
that I realized I probably should have slowed down and made time for myself and the things that
So for me, I strive to simplify the time in my life. I know that carefree timelessness is
truly a gift. And some of the
best memories are the times when I wasn't rushed—definitely the times I wasn't over scheduled. Some
of the best
memories are the times when I'm fully present and engaged with the people that I'm with, or deeply
engrossed in a
project that I'm working on. Those are the life-giving moments.
So the transition from being a busybody hasn't been easy, but I am learning how to say no without
having this fear of
missing out. And I have confidence in knowing that my no is a greater yes—is a more meaningful yes
to something or
So for you, where could you use simplicity in your life?
Allen Hunt is a nationally known speaker, bestselling Catholic author, and
Dynamic Catholic’s Passion & Purpose for Marriage and Find Your Greatness events. He converted to Catholicism
serving as a mega-church pastor and has spent the last thirty years helping people and couples of all
ages encounter Jesus
and deepen their faith lives.
Renessa Foronda is our talent acquisition coordinator originally from Chicago, Illinois. In
her spare time she enjoys pilates and puzzles. Though short in stature (just a half inch over five
feet), Renessa is a
huge Michigan University fan. Her beautiful and unusual name is a creative combination of the first
names of her father
and mother (Rene and Majessa).
Jesus wants to enter into your life, into your story.
Reflect on a memory you have of Jesus entering into your life. Were you open to it or resistant?
Jesus, please give me the courage to say yes to you and to invite you into my life this Christmas.
Today’s video features excerpts from Session Two of The Turning Point: Eight
Encounters with Jesus That Will Change
Your Life (now available).
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