Devotional for Friday December 29th

Good Morning Everyone,


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


Our Bible verse for today: “Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.” 1 Samuel 17:40 (NIV)


Our thought for today: “Use what you have and make it work for you.”


Danny Martinez had a gravelly voice and he really couldn’t carry a tune. And yet he was one of the most popular song leaders in the California Southern Baptist Association in the 1990s. Truthfully, this man was never going to make a record or be heard on the radio, but he was the song leader for a church of more than 1000 people and he was always being invited to other churches to lead the music in revival meetings.


Danny’s secret, and the thing that made him so popular and successful as a song leader even though he really couldn’t sing, was his enthusiasm. Danny loved music, he loved singing, and he loved getting other people to sing too. He was a ball of fire on the stage and people willingly followed his lead. Danny didn’t have a voice but he did have plenty of enthusiasm. So he took what he had and he made it work for him.


In 1 Samuel 17:40 we read about the boy David facing the giant Goliath. David did not have size, strength, armor, a sword, or a shield. What he did have was five stones, a slingshot, and strong faith in God. He said to Goliath, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty.” (17:45). Then he killed the giant. David may not have had the skills and tools of a warrior, but he took what he did have and he made it work for him.


Noah Galloway was missing an arm and a leg from a roadside bomb in Iraq. His condition as a double amputee could have been an excuse for doing little or nothing with the rest of his life. But he had a burning desire within him to overcome his limitations and to accomplish things in life with only two limbs that many people with four limbs would never do. He took what he had (a burning desire to excel), and he made it work for him.


I know a man who is seventy-four years old and still wants to work. He’s out looking for a job right now. He knows he lacks youth, strength, and technological understanding. Instead he has experience, maturity, and wisdom. He’ll get a job. He will use what he has and he will make it work for him.


So what’s your limiting factor that’s holding you back from accomplishing the things you want to do in life? Rather than focusing on what you don’t have and using that as an excuse, I encourage you to focus on what you do have and then figure out ways to make that work for you. What you’re seeing as a limitation could become your biggest asset.


God Bless,

Pastor Jim



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