One Minute Devotional 12/09/2018

How Large Is Your Plate?

A question that each person must constantly ask is: how large is my “plate” not in terms of that amount of food that the dinner plate can hold but in terms of how I can use my time and talents.

It’s not uncommon to take on too much in the way of commitments. After all its just a little request, and I can tough it out for a while. We tend to forget at times that we need to prioritized our resources in order to remain healthy.

If we don’t, or are unwilling to do so, then something has to give way. All-to-often its relationships with family, loved ones, and God. We allow one, or more, of our relationships to suffer thinking that we can go back later and repair the damage; but do we?

The solution is a simple one – reduce the size of your plate. Prioritize what needs to be there and be selective as to what can, or should, be added. Allow nothing on that will result in something more important to be pushed off.

Need help in doing this? Go to God in prayer.

 

Scripture: Exodus 20:1-17 (noting the order in which He presents His commandments.

Your thoughts?

One Minute Devotional 12/02/2018

Technology

We live in a world in which technology is as much a part of the fabric of living as breathing. We’ve come a long way from the technology days of David’s sling that slew Goliath.

This technology by itself is neutral – neither good nor evil. It just exists, ready to be put to use. While God doesn’t speak to its existence, He does speak to how it is to be used – for good or evil.

It can be used in either realm – benefit or harm, good or evil. The computers that are the heart of the diagnostic tools available to your physician are certainly well within the realm of benefit. Those same computers, however, can be used for evil, doing harm and causing us to step away from God.

The point here is that this technology, no matter how powerful it is or will become, is only a tool. Therefore, the question is not the technology but the intent of the one who uses it. Do I use it to glorify Him or the world?

Scripture: Matthew 25:31-46

Your thoughts?

One Minute Devotional September 23rd

Life’s Only Constant

The only constant in life is change, or so a very wise man once said. At first-blush you might think that he was just being funny, but history teaches us that he was spot-on with his observation. The world of today is no longer the same world as it was even a few short years ago.

There is one aspect of life, however, where his observation is not spot-on. In amongst the changes in our lives, there is one facet of life that has not changed – God’s word and His love for His children.

Our understanding of right and wrong, good and bad, acceptable and unacceptable may have shifted over time, but His word and His love for His children has not!

His love for each one of us is the same now as it’s always been: at times soft and comforting and at others, hard and demanding. Yet, in all of His dealings with us, this foundation has never changed.

Scripture: 1 John 4:19

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One Minute Devotional September 16th

Worry?

There’s nothing more quieting than to just sit and look out over the lushness of God’s creation. It’s good to just get away and think. And, no matter what the season, if you’re patient God will unfold before you all of the majesty of His creation.

If you’re very quiet you might even hear the birds begin to serenade you with their song. Notice that they go about their business without a single sign of worry or concern, for God has provided all that they need.

Why is it that unlike these birds, we spend so much time worrying about what we can’t control when everything that we need is close at hand. God takes care of the least of His creatures so doesn’t it stand to reason that He will take care of you as well.

Scripture: Matt. 6:25-34

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Weekly Devotional 02.18.2018

Show me Your ways, O LORD:

Teach me Your paths.

(Psalm 25:4)

What do you do in those times where it seems like you’re lost and don’t know what to do next or where to turn for help? Everyone has a favorite aunt or uncle or friend to whom they can turn for advice, but what do you do when that advice doesn’t solve the problem?

You could take a trip to the local mall and peruse the self-help section of a bookstore. There on the shelves, you’ll find numerous books whose authors are ready to teach you how to handle your problem; perhaps even how to solve it in terms of the world’s values.

Unless you’re just looking to go to the mall, there is a better place to look for guidance and advice, however. The psalmist tells us to look to God, specifically to His Word found only in the Bible. There you will find instruction on how to handle your problem as well as how to avoid becoming lost in the first place.

What using God’s word to lead us out of our confusion does, that the self-help approach doesn’t necessarily do, is ensure that the path that we take out of our troubles honors Him, not man.

So, the next time you’re lost and don’t know where to turn, save yourself some gas money and spend time with God. Find a “secret place” (Matthew 6:6) that is quiet and talk with Him; then, then listen for Him to respond.

Heavenly Father, when I am lost and don’t know where to turn send Your Holy Spirit to guide me back to where I need to be. Speak to me via Your Word. Help me to see and understand where the Holy Spirit is taking me as He works according to Your Word. In Jesus’ name, AMEN.