Devotional for Tuesday December 19th

Good Morning Everyone,


Our theme for this month: “Living with no excuses”


Our Bible verse for today: “For I have given you an example that you also should do just as I have done for you.” John 13:15 (HCSB)


Our thought for today: “Look to the example of others.”


Several times this month I have referred to the example of Noah Galloway, the young soldier who lost an arm and a leg to a roadside bomb in Iraq. I told you of how he refused to allow his condition of being a double amputee to become an excuse that held him back in life.


Another important piece of that story however, which I haven’t mentioned yet, is that Noah’s father had also lost an arm in an accident early in his adult life. Decades later, as Noah was lying there in a hospital bed trying to come to terms with his own loss of limbs, the thing he remembered most about his father’s loss of an arm is how little it impacted his father’s life. Noah could not remember his father complaining about it, or making a big deal of it, or ever using it as an excuse. Noah wrote, “I watched him just get on with things with one arm. He never made a fuss about it. It was an example that growing up I didn’t know I’d ever need.”


In life we all encounter problems we have to deal with. Most of them are small but some will be big, maybe catastrophic. When that happens we will have to make decisions about what our attitude is going to be about it and how we are going to handle it.


One of the best ways to come to those decisions is by considering the good examples set for us by others who have endured similar situations. If you have to learn how to live with the loss of a limb, consider the examples of others who have successfully made that transition in life. If you have lost a spouse, look at the examples of others who have lost their spouses too and who worked through the loss. Whether your issue is a rebellious child, the loss of a job, a significant health issue, overcoming an addiction, or whatever, look to others who have had similar challenges and who have handled them well.


In John 13:15 Jesus called us to consider the example He set for us and then to model our own behavior after His. The Apostle Paul did the same in several of his letters. Learning from the good examples of others is Biblical and it is smart.


Life can be hard. When it is we will have to make decisions concerning what our attitude will be about it. To a large degree things will be about as good or as bad as you decide to make them. Considering the good examples of others who have endured similar problems and handled them well can be very helpful.


God Bless,

Pastor Jim

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