Daily Devotional August 16, 2021

At Belton High School, the seniors personalize their parking spaces by painting them.  Some students are very creative.

Saturday, Jodi sent a picture of Jordan’s parking spot.  She had just finished painting.

Jordan’s parking spot had “God Loves (Painted red heart) You” at the top.  Underneath on a purple background, Jordan painted a huge Tootsie Roll.  This made me very happy.

Tootsie Rolls have a special place in our church because they are used every Sunday.

At the end of the Children’s Time, each child is given two Tootsie Rolls.  The first one is to eat.  The second is to give to someone in the congregation and say, “God Loves You.”

This teaches our children that love is more than just a word.  As Pastor Hubert used to say, “Love is a verb.”

Today, someone will drive by Jordan’s parking spot and read God loves them.  Someone will need that reminder.  It will only happened because Jordan took the time to paint this wonderful message for the world to see.

Today, more than likely, you won’t be personalizing a parking spot but the mission is still the same.

In a world that is drowning in fear, broken promises, misinformation, and unmitigated anger, people desperately need to hear of God’s love for them.  Those three powerful words are a lifeline that cuts through the chaos and allows people to not just survive, but actually thrive as the storms of life rage.

 If we don’t tell them, who will?

In explaining his purpose and God’s plan, Jesus said,  For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.   For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”  (John 3:16-17)

Let someone know God loves them.  That’s your reason for being.

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, when the opportunity arises to share your love, give me the wisdom to see it, the right words, and a willing heart.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

As you begin a new work week, remember what matters most.  God loves you.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.

Tom Robbins