Daily Devotional September 29, 2021

About a month ago, Melissa walked into my office and announced the entire staff needed CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation)  and AED (Automated External Defibrillator) training.  I agreed because it was a good idea and I’m afraid of her.

Monday we had the staff training.  I learned some things.

Emma likes to ask questions.  She asked 1,742 of them.  I know because I counted.

Ellie is incredibly intelligent but can only count to two.

Sam, Adam, and Pastor Kit believe a two inch chest compression means shoving a person’s sternum through their backbone.

Breana thought she was superior to the rest of us because she’s already had CPR training.

Buzz taught us that placing the AED pads on both sides of our heads was not a good idea.

The list goes on and on….

Needless to say, the instructors had their hands full.  At the end of the last session, I saw one of them start crying and say, “Thank God, it’s over.”

So, why would our staff go through the very entertaining CPS and AED training?  Because it is the right thing to do.

When I was in the army, my regimental motto was Semper Paratus, which means Always Ready.

I pray none of our church staff ever has to use their CPR/AED training.  But if they do, they will be ready.

Doing the right thing is what Christians are all about.  We are people of integrity.

One of the greatest theological minds of the last century was C.S. Lewis.  He said,Integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is watching.”

I think he’s right.

For the Good Samaritan, the right thing was stopping to help someone who truly hated him.

For Jesus, the right thing was dying on a cross.

For Daniel, the right thing was being thrown to the lions. 

For our church staff, the right thing was being trained for something I hope will never happen.

In Paul’s letter to Titus, he said, In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness  and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.”  (Titus 2:7-8)

Today, be ready to do the right thing.  It may not be convenient or fun.  But know that followers of Jesus are called to do the right thing.  Be ready.

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, help me be ready, able, and willing to help someone in need.  Please use me for your purpose.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

Rest assured that your church staff is ready to handle a medical emergency.  Just don’t let Adam, Sam, or Pastor Kit perform CPR.  Trust me on that.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.

Tom Robbins