July 24, 2020

Rerun of Daily Devotional July 24, 2017

Last week, Shannon and I took one of her horses to the vet because of a rapidly growing tumor on its leg.  At one point three different veterinarians were participating in the exam.  The pathology report determined that the horse had cancer, so we started talking about treatments.

Many options were discussed but the one that really stuck out was when one vet mentioned cutting off the tumor and treating the wound with a herpes cream that could be purchased at any pharmacy.

Shannon looked at me and said, “You are going to have to buy the herpes cream.”  Knowing that she was very worried about her horse, I said in my most supportive voice, “I am not walking into a pharmacy and asking which aisle has the herpes cream.”  Dr. Matt, our vet, started laughing and said, “You are going to have to drive two towns away to buy it.”

Luckily, a different option was chosen and we are optimistic that the cancer will be cured.

It was only later that I began to exam why I would have been so concerned about what others would think about me if I walked into the local pharmacy looking for herpes cream.  Why should I care so much about what others think?

I suspect much of my behavior is determined by what others may think of me.  But this is not the way a Christian is supposed to act. 

King Solomon said, “It is dangerous to be concerned with what others think of you, but if you trust the Lord, you are safe.”  (Proverbs 29:25 GNT)

Our concern is what God thinks of our thoughts, words, and actions.  And if we are following God’s will for our lives, there is no reason to be worried about what others think.  It’s a mute point.

So be determined to live today seeking to please the One that truly matters.  That’s why we are here.

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, please help me to always focus on your will for my life.  Guide my words, thoughts, and actions.  Make me the person you want me to be.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

Live today knowing that God has a plan for your life.  Follow that plan and one day you will see his beautiful face. 

Just for the record, I’m still not going to the pharmacy to buy herpes cream.

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