Daily Inspiration: Not all injustice in this world can be fixed. Lord, may I be a big enough person to forgive and a wise enough person to forget.
Daily Scripture & Reflection: And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. 1 John 4:16
A Time to Think: Faith is the root of all blessings. Believe, and you shall be saved. –Jeremy Taylor, 17th century author
A Time to Act: Become more aware of the blessings that surround you.
A Time to Pray: Oh, Lord, teach me to remember You in all things, every day of my life.
Birth verse for May 7: For we live by faith, not by sight. 2 Cor 5:7 NIV
PrayFit Devotional: Wilson! May 7, 13; Read: Luke 18
“Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” –Luke 18:25
If you remember the move “Cast Away,” Tom Hanks’ character, Chuck Noland was a time-obsessed FedEx analyst with a simple job: deliver the mail on time. After his plane crashed, he got washed up on a deserted island where he spent four lonely years. Well, he wasn’t totally alone.
Wilson, a volleyball Chuck found in the wreckage, became more like a friend than a piece of sporting goods equipment. Clearly out of his mind, Chuck would talk and even argue with the ball. But when he finally escaped from the island, his raft was hit by a storm. And when he woke up, he realized Wilson had been thrown overboard (cue the sad music). After attempts to retrieve Wilson failed, a heartbroken Chuck realized he couldn’t take it with him. He knew he had to decide: Be saved or go in after his prized possession.
Silly, right? I mean, who in their right mind would act that way? When I saw that scene, I was shaking my head thinking, “It’s a VOLLEYBALL, you NUT!” But then I thought of the rich young ruler, and the answer Jesus gave him. Haven’t we all been in that boat? Ever gone overboard on stuff? Funny, like watching Chuck, I wonder if the Lord ever shakes His head at how crazy we get about our toys. –Jimmy Peńa
Question: Are you fixed on the stuff of this world? Do you spend more time focused on clothes, iphones, jewelry than you do God’s word or serving others? Would He be pleased in where our daily focus is? And for some of us, our focus on “stuff” even hinders our health. We need to ask the Lord for His heart. His heart in us. His heart for others (and His heart for things.) Where would our attention be if that prayer was answered?