Daily Devotions

Handing Over

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“No trial has overtaken you except what is common to humanity. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)

Remember the old phrase, “You come into the world with nothing, and you leave it with nothing?” The older I get, the more meaningful that phrase becomes. No matter how hard it is, ultimately, we cannot change the ending of our story on this earth. Since we cannot change the reality of our death, we need to let go. There is another phrase I grew up learning, “Let go, and let God.”

Dan Pederson, in his article, “Living By Faith,” gives some good advice when he says, “The key to dealing with our struggles is to stop struggling.” The wonderful gift of being a person of faith is in knowing that while all my struggles are for nothing, God’s struggles on my behalf make all the difference. God is the creator of the ends of the earth, and the creator of you and me. To stop struggling isn’t giving up, it is a handing over. Pederson says it better than I can: “Letting go doesn’t mean quitting. It means letting go of the wrong method for solving our problems and remaining open to the path that presents itself.”

In my life, the more I’ve forced things, the more they went wrong. My sin is often in continuing to struggle. When I let go, God opened new doors and each time God provided “a way out.” Each one of us struggles in life, from the richest to the poorest, from celebrities to the homeless. The greatest gift you can give your children is faith. Not just for the reality of eternal life, but also for the blessing of no longer having to struggle alone. Today, pray a simple prayer, asking God to give you the faith and courage to hand over your life to God. When your family sees the difference it made in your life, they will want it for themselves.

When Did Average Become Bad?

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The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life. (Proverbs 22:4)

In this age of Social Media, everyone seems to be special. We’ve all become our own personal marketing gurus. We’ve become great at making ourselves look better, smarter, more interesting than any of us could ever be. Parents show the angelic pictures of their children, but never the videos of tantrums and blowout diapers. Couples and singles show pictures of their vacations, but never the boring evenings when all plans fall apart.

Social Media has made it great to be special, either good or bad. The worst one can be is average. Yet, isn’t the very definition of “average” to be the majority? Most of us are average at most things. It is the truly blessed person who can truly excel at any given thing, far surpassing the billions of other humans on the planet.

God doesn’t expect, demand, or even hope for us to excel at everything. Time-after-time, God calls for us to remain humble. We do our best work behind the scenes, always looking to give God the glory rather than ourselves. If we are now marketing gurus, then we are being called to market for the Lord.

The expectation of being “special” requires making sure the vast majority of others are made to feel, somehow, not as worthy. This does not mean we should diminish our ability or value; just that we should affirm, assist, and find the blessings in others as well. Building others makes us a stronger average. Today, pray that we can be less our own personal marketing firm, and focus on spending time with God, prayerfully seeking God’s leading and guidance. When we do, the pressure and stress of trying to live up to unfair expectations melts away.

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