Devotional for Tuesday May 26th

Good Morning Everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “Change can be good for you”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “I will instruct you and show you the way to go; with my eye on you, I will give counsel.” Psalm 32:8 (CSB)
 
Our thought for today: “God’s not done with you yet”
 
The Russian novelist Leon Tolstoy once observed, “Everyone thinks of changing the world but no one thinks of changing himself.” To a large degree he was right. We all acknowledge that our world is a mess, and we all agree that significant change is needed, but most of us believe its other people who need to change. Other people should change their political views, or their positions on social issues, or the way they communicate on social media. Other people should be nicer, more generous, more considerate, more helpful. They should be better neighbors, better co-workers, better citizens. They should be more faithful in their church attendance, take a turn in the nursery, stop parking in the visitor’s parking spot (J.C. Cook).
 
We’re pretty good at spotting the ways in which other people need to change. We’re less good at seeing the ways in which we need to change. Part of the reason for that is that we’re so busy, we’re so consumed with just living life that we’re not especially self-aware in this way. Instead we’re distracted and superficial (we’ve talked about this). But part of the reason is also because as human beings we just have natural blind spots about our own faults.
 
Hopefully one of the experiences we’ve all had during this time of staying at home is that we’ve had more time for introspection and we’ve become a little more self-aware. The fact is that God is never done molding and shaping you into the man or woman He wants you to be. He is always in the process of growing, refining, and changing you. The more thoughtful we are about the ways in which we need to change, the more aware we will become of the things God is attempting to do in our lives.
 
I remember in seminary one of the things we prospective pastors were told was “The most powerful sermon you will ever preach is to live a faithful life.” We were also urged to “Be the change you want to see in the world.” In other words, whatever it is you believe should be different about other people, should be true of you first.
 
There are always ways in which each of us can change and improve. I encourage you to prayerfully consider what changes still need to occur in your life. You are a work in progress. God isn’t done with you yet.
 
God Bless,
Pastor Jim 
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