Listening and Asking Questions

Mary and Joseph raised Jesus in a Godly home and went to the Passover Festival each year. In Luke 2:40-52, we read that Jesus would sit among the teachers in the temple courts at a young age; listening and asking questions (v. 46). In this particular instance, at the age of twelve, He took such an interest that no one knew that He was still there when Mary, Joseph, and their relatives started back home to Nazareth.

Jesus had seized the opportunity to learn from the teachers at the Temple; to develop His ministry and wisdom of the Lord. We should also seize every opportunity to learn from teachers and grow in our faith. If on our journey, we realize that Jesus is not with us, we should seek Him in the Word and prayer. This day with God will be amazing because He’s given us a plan for life and it is a treasure. The more we lose ourselves in this plan, the more passion we will have.

While reading this passage, it brought up memories in youth. We lived about 100 miles away from my grandparent’s house and we would visit often on Holidays; staying a few days. I can remember one time carrying our little dog named Gus with us.

On our return trip, we suddenly realized that Gus was not with us. We had left him back at my grandparent’s house. Gus was probably pre-occupied with a squirrel and didn’t notice we were loading everything up for our return trip back home.

You see: my old dog Gus would study squirrels from a young age and wanted to be the greatest squirrel dog ever. He was just born that way. I believe there is a lot to be learned from my old dog Gus. We should all want to be the best we can be at what we do; studying and learning so that we can be who we are meant to be.

I entered my dog Gus in a pet show at the Washington County Fair when I was around 10 years old

I entered my dog Gus in a pet show at the Washington County Fair when I was around 10 years old

 

 

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About Mark Shields

Mark volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. Each of the studies are designed to help apply our faith in the work place, at school, or at home. Join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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