When we think of the incarnation of God, we forget the tremendous sacrifice that was made by Joseph and Mary in this process. Yet, they did so willingly, because they were willing to follow God no matter what the cost. The virgin conception and birth seemed to be illogical to the world (and still does), yet they understood that “all things are possible with God” As we go about our lives, we need to recognize that following the plan and purposes of God can at times can be hard and difficult. Our enemies will often tempt us to take the “easy” path, but the way of the Lord leads to a peace and satisfaction that goes against the cultural direction of the world. Joseph and Mary followed the Lord willingly, because they understood that God always has a bigger picture than “me” in mind with what He allows in our lives. May we choose to willingly submit to the plan and purpose of God as we face the new year.