Daily Devotions

I Don't Have Time for a Ferrari

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Those who worship vain idols forsake their true loyalty. (Jonah 2:8)

 For more than a decade, Oprah and others have peddled the sick, spiritual, self-help garbage from the book, The Secret. The premise is that if you focus your thoughts and concentration on what you truly desire, it will be drawn to you. Want a Ferrari? Focus all your attention on it and it will find its way to you. Just make sure it doesn’t hit you on the highway! Desperate people have sucked up this drivel, making it a best seller. Now, it is actually becoming a major motion picture staring Katie Holmes. It is a form of idolatry.

Rather than wait upon God’s blessings and heed God’s calling for your life, The Secret encourages us to put our desires ahead of God. It also tells us that we can be the masters of our own domain, we just need to put our focus on it. It implies that we are our own little divine beings, with this somewhat supernatural ability to control our ability. When you get beyond the shallow dreams of consumer desire, it becomes quite empty. Even if we had this mythological ability, we still would have little control over the things that matter most. The Secret even implies that we could heal ourselves by focusing. This little trick cannot ultimately hold off the inevitable: death.

 Today, pray for the wisdom to know your own power, and your own limitations. Call God to free you from the bondage of unhealthy desire. Through prayer, meditate not on what you want, but on what God desires from you. Our task in this life is to honor God and love our neighbor. Darn it, nowhere in the Bible does it call us to focus all our time and attention on driving a Ferrari. Perhaps I’ll save that Ferrari request for when I get to heaven. Lord knows, I can’t afford one on earth. Just kidding. Even if I could afford one, I believe God would have other plans for that money that didn’t include my driving fast and supposedly impressing my neighbors. It ain’t no secret, God expects more from us!

Coronavirus Transitions

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Better is the end of a thing than its beginning; the patient in spirit are better than the proud in spirit. (Ecclesiastes 7:8)

As many of you know, I went to twelve schools between kindergarten and tenth grade. I grew up as an Air Force brat until the age of thirteen. I was so excited to spend three years in the same high school. It helped me learn to accept life’s transitions. It didn’t necessarily make life easier, but it did provide the experience that transitions can be survived and even bring new interests and excitement.

Avoiding change and transition will not keep it from happening. One of life’s givens? Nothing stays the same! Our response should be to prepare and trust. We prepare by nurturing our faith so that when transition occurs, we have the trust in God to face it with optimism and even excitement. God’s power is needed in those moments of transition so we can face the change with courage and conviction.

The ability to face transition has rarely been more important than at this very moment in time. In just a few short months our lives have changed dramatically because of COVID-19. Many of those who cannot make the transition to our new way of living in this world will get sick, or at least make other people sick. One of the most faithful things we can do is make the transition to wearing masks and staying apart until we can get together without making each other sick.

Today, pray for the spiritual strength and wisdom to face this COVID-19 transition with grace and love. We can fight the transition, but it will create further illness. But it doesn’t have to be that way. We can learn to embrace our new transition. We can become more comfortable in our own skin and embrace the “new normal,” knowing we are honoring God and keeping others safe. The act of protecting yourself and others is a spiritual enterprise.

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