December 2, 2019

The church campus has some absolutely beautiful pecan trees that have produced a beautiful crop.

Yesterday, before the first worship service, as I walked across the back of the sanctuary, Gary said, “I just picked up two big pecans on the way in and if your sermon is bad, I will stay awake by eating them.” I said, “My sermon is so good, you are going to weep.”

After the service ended, I asked Gary what he thought of the sermon. He didn’t say a word. That’s when I realized Gary thought it was rude to speak with his mouth full.

Luckily, my self-worth is not caught up in whether Gary is eating pecans during my sermon.

Sadly, some people’s self worth is based on the most ridiculous things like the car they drive, the clothes they wear, their educational degree, the money they have in the bank, the luxury watch on their wrist, their yearly evaluation, what university they went to, their physical appearance, whether or not they get to sing the solo in the church choir, their weight, the list goes on and on and on…. But that’s not who you are.

My assumption is if you are reading this devotional, you have accepted Jesus as the saving light of your life. That means above all else, your primary identity is a child of God. This is what gives you self-worth and meaning.

This is why John said, “See what kind of love the Father has given to us in that we should be called God’s children, and that is what we are! Because the world didn’t recognize him, it doesn’t recognize us.” (1 John 3:1 CEB)

While the world may try to define who you are in a myriad of ways, always remember, you are God’s child. In the end, that’s all that matters.

Prayer: Dear Gracious Heavenly God, in a world that continually tries to define me by its misguided terms, help me to always hold fast to my true identity. Let me live my life in response to your wonderful love shown through your Son. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

No matter what people may say or think about you, in the eyes of God, you are precious. You are his child. It is your true identity.

Also, just for the record, Gary actually told me I preached a good sermon and he didn’t eat the pecans. But I said he did because it helped me write the devotional. That’s the kind of pastor I am.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.

Tom Robbins

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  1. Tom, I didn’t put my sister on the prayer card because she lives in Sonora, California and would not be coming g to our church last Sunday. I did however include her on my prayer list as she is alone, loner, a hermit and quit going to church as she didn’t feel that church made her feel like she was used to at church. She called me last Sunday afternoon. She went to the 100 year old Methodist Church in Sonora, California. She met her peers, felt welcomed and was filled up worshiping and has plans to go to events at the church this week. She was so animated and enthusiastic telling me about her church experience. Amazing, this round about blessing. I thought you might like to know how that prayer card worked. Marjorie Curl

    On Mon, Dec 2, 2019, 7:46 AM Daily Devotionals by Dr. Tom Robbins wrote:

    > First United Methodist Church | Temple, Tx posted: “The church campus has > some absolutely beautiful pecan trees that have produced a beautiful crop. > Yesterday, before the first worship service, as I walked across the back of > the sanctuary, Gary said, “I just picked up two big pecans on the way in > and if y” >

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