December 18


Luke 1:38 And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her. (ESV)


The Beatles ripped off the Virgin Mary. Yep, you heard that right. It was Mary who first said, “Let it be.”


What Mary was saying was, “God, whatever You want to do with me is OK with me.” She was saying, “Whatever You ask of me, I’m in. Wherever You take me, I’ll go. Let it be.”


I believe she taught those words to her Son as well. When Jesus was in the garden on the night before He died, He said to God, “Not My will, but Yours be done.” He was just quoting what His mama had taught Him to say, and to believe.


Parents, don’t ever forget that you are teaching your kids what to say and what to believe. They are watching you. Mary taught Jesus to say, “Let it be.” His mother taught Him how to handle tough situations. He watched her life. He saw how she responded.


Your kids are watching you. You can teach them to overcome if you will begin to speak faith like Mary.

Begin to say things like, “Let it be to me as You have said.” Begin to say things like, “Not my will, but Yours be done.” Speak faith.


When this is how you respond to challenges, your kids will learn this pattern and respond this way as well. You will watch them succeed because you taught them to speak faith and trust the Savior.


Write down one area where you need to say, “Let it be,” or, “Not my will but yours be done.” Pick an area that you can talk to your kids about. Then go tell them how you are trusting God by faith with something difficult. They need to see you still trust Jesus in your vulnerability. Speak faith with them. 

-An excerpt from See Christ This Christmas by Pastor Eric Dykstra of The Crossing Church