Daily Devotional for April 8, 2020

Yesterday, Shannon decided it was time to shave the dogs. In order to make sure she had a good technique, she cut my hair first.

That’s right. In order to make sure she didn’t mess up shaving the dogs, she experimented on me. This pretty much tells you everything you need to know about our relationship. I know exactly where I rank. That’s not a bad thing.

I truly believe for the very cool, intelligent, important, and good looking people, like me, God sends reminders that we aren’t as cool, intelligent, important, or good looking as we think we are. That’s where the Shannons of the world come in. And from time to time, each of us needs that kind of reminder.

Now this is not to say that you aren’t very special, you are. In God’s eyes, you are precious. That’s what each of us was taught in Sunday school when we learned to sing Jesus Loves the Little Children. The first verse says: Jesus loves the little children, All the children of the world, Red, brown, yellow, black and white, They are precious in His sight, Jesus loves the little children of the world.

No matter how we view ourselves, we are equally important in God’s eyes. That’s the opinion that matters most.

So if you are like me and need a regular reminder that you aren’t the end-all-be-all, then Paul’s words of caution are especially important: “For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.” (Romans 12:3)

Each of us is special in God’s eyes, but none of us is better than another. We are all on the same playing field.

Prayer: Dear Gracious Heavenly God, in those moments when I begin to think that I am somehow better than others, remind me of my need for your love, mercy, and grace. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Just for the record, Shannon was incredibly nervous when she cut my hair. I think she did an exceptionally good job but it really doesn’t matter what my hair looks like. My face is so good looking no one ever notices my hair.

I think it’s time for God to send me another reminder.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.
Tom Robbins