Rerun of Daily Devotional August 16, 2016

Brenda is a devoted member of our congregation who makes a tremendous difference in serving God by serving others.

Last week, as we discussed what it meant to be a committed Christian, she shared the following thoughts.  I asked if she would allow me to share them with you.  What she said is right on the money.

“Just wanted to pass that thought along…
I do think about this in regards to my spiritual life and commitment.
When going white water rafting with husband and 2 boys…Guide hands out the oars for the demonstration of how we are to row through still water and through the rapids.  When he tried to hand me one I politely said “No thank you!  I’m just along for the ride.”  He very patiently told me that I could not just ride.  He explained that I would be ok in the still waters but when we hit the rapids the only sure way to stay in the boat was to dig my oar deep into the water.  He went on…The surest way to get bounced out of the boat in the rapid water is to just be along for the ride!   With my next breath I politely asked for an oar!
Happily paddling ever since!”

Are you paddling or are you just sitting in the boat?

I am convinced that God wants people who will paddle; who will dig their oars deep into life and make a difference.  That’s what the story of the Good Samaritan is about.

When the priest and Levite saw the man dying in the middle of the road, they walked around.  They were the types that were “just along for the ride.”  But when the Samaritan saw the man’s needs, he dug his oar deep into the water and made a difference.  This cost the Samaritan effort, money, and most importantly, his time.  But he was the one who did God’s will.  (Luke 10:25-37)

Again, are you paddling or are you just sitting in the boat?

Every morning, God gives us the opportunity to pick up an oar and dig in deep.  I pray we do just that.

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, please give me the opportunity to serve you by serving others.  Bless my efforts.  I pray my actions and words honor your love.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

Don’t get bounced out of the boat.  Pick up an oar and start paddling.

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