Daily Devotional for February 8, 2022

While I have been recovering from COVID and waiting for surgery, Pastor Kit and the lay leadership of our church have stepped up and done an incredible job.  In fact, they may have done a little too well.
This is the text Carol sent yesterday. As you can see, she needs a lot of prayer.
“I worked at the church office this morning.  Told Kit he was doing a really good job.  However, there was one small issue.  I told him his voice was a lot more robust than yours.  It’s making it a lot harder for Ted and me to get our naps in.  Miss that soft spoken voice of yours!”
While it is true, I have a voice that sounds like a Muppet with a head cold, I don’t like being reminded that I sound more female than male.  Apparently, my sissy voice has allowed Ted and Carol to get their beauty sleep on Sunday mornings.
But, once I stopped crying and got past the insensitivity of Carol’s text, I started thinking.
When I first realized I would have to be away from the church for a while, I was very worried.  Who would lead chapel on Wednesdays?  Who would lead worship on Wednesday nights?  Who would teach the Thursday Bible Study?  Who would preach on Sunday mornings?  Who would do all the administrative aspects of my job?  How would they survive without me?  
It is easy to see my enormous ego was tied up in there somewhere. 
What I discounted was, even though I preach the greatest sermons in the history of sermons, I am just one small player in God’s beautiful mosaic that will bring his plan to fruition.  We each have our part to play and if we don’t, or can’t do our part, God will find someone who will.
This is what Paul meant by saying, For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but think of yourself with sober judgment, according to the measure of faith God has given you.  Just as each of us has one body with many members, and not all members have the same function, so in Christ we who are many are one body, and each member belongs to one another.”(Romans 12:3-5)
Do the very best you can, and God will do the heavy lifting.  God always honors effort.
Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, thank you for allowing me to be a part of your plan.  Help me always be faithful and know that you are behind every good and gracious act.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.
We are not as important as we think we are.  The world will keep revolving without us.
Also, just once, I’d like to serve a church where the congregation respects their pastor.  
I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.
Tom Robbins