Devotion

“Have you had your devotions today?” “Make sure you have your devotional time.”

We say that kind of thing to each other as Christians just kind of off hand. But it is a good thing to keep saying to one another. Devotion to God is a tough row to how in our present society.

Why?

So many distractions – so many interruptions, so many details, so little time.

You know, I always tell people they must create some kind of devotional habit – I mean, even if its two minutes a day to read a few Scriptures and then pray for your family and your day.

Have to start there – at least something each day. That tiny act each day takes a little prioritizing, but it’s doable.

Having said that, let’s keep this understanding in mind. We try to be like Jesus – we do our best to make ourselves holy and righteous before him – we strive to be close to Him because, well… that’s what we are supposed to do, right?

Hmm. That’s a toughy.

I remember how much I prayed and fasted my first year as a new follower of Christ – I was doing so much, and I prided myself on that fact. I would ask people how much they prayed or fasted . And usually I was way ahead of them regarding devotions. And guess what? That fact made me so happy.

And now today I look back on that religious young man that I once was and while I am impressed with the regemented life and consistency, I smile because of what I know now.

And what is that you ask?

Glad you asked!

I know today that a week of walking with God through a deep valley, tragic scenario, physical or emotional trial is so much more powerful in terms of feeling truly close to Jesus – not to take anything away from prayer or devotions.

If you truly want devotion to God, ask the Spirit of God to break you, to change you, to bring you through the fire. I would be careful to actually ask God for that, but if you go through a serious trial, you will find a close fellowship with God that 24 hours a day of fasting and praying for ten years straight could never accomplish.

Problem with that is, we can’t brag about trials. We can’t control or manipulate the how and the when and the why. It just comes when we least expect it, in a way we thought it never would.

And suddenly, a whole new kind of pure devotion to God has begun in our lives.

More on brokenness next time!

Jeff

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Passion

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I like it because each chapter is written by a different author. I have met almost all of the other authors and I can tell you – they all have PASSION for life and what they believe their contribution is to life.

PASSION to help others. Wow. What a concept!

So many seem to have no passions except for themselves. Some people have passion to harm others. Some have passion to avoid having any positive passions.

But one thing I think is true – most people are driven by their passions.

It is my sincere hope and prayer that you will discover your passion through reading books like these or meeting authors like those in our book, and begin to make a difference in other people’s lives.

Mother Teresa said many times that she was not driven by the passion to change the world, but by Jesus’ love in her heart to change the life of one person – no matter how poor or insignificant the world would say that person’s life is.

I hope you can find that passion deep inside to help one person today. And together, if we all love one person, we will change the whole world together!

Until next time,

Jeff

Pebble Time!

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Each of us is a pebble in the pond called planet earth. We feel so small, insignificant. But the truth is, one person can make a small ripple that can go to the ends of the earth. Pebbles in the pond is exactly that – men and women who are making a difference one person at a time.

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