Daily Devotional May 23, 2022

Every Sunday morning, before the hectic worship schedule begins, the pastors, program directors, and praise team leader gather in my office for a short meeting.  This is where we make sure everyone is on the same page and address any last-minute issues.

When it was Breana’s turn, she mentioned the announcement about vacation bible school and how anyone wanting to contribute could pick up a card on the second-floor landing, outside the sanctuary, and order everything from Amazon.

I explained I had never ordered from Amazon and there may be others like me.

Breana looked at me as if I had three heads.  It was impossible for her to fathom someone existed who did not use Amazon.  I could tell I accidently almost broke her brain.

It’s true.  I don’t use Amazon.  In fact, I don’t shop unless it’s for something really cool like a tractor, farm implement, or gator.  I don’t even buy my own clothes.  Shannon buys them, brings them home for me to try on, and returns whatever she doesn’t like.  I just say, “Yes ma’am” and wear whatever she tells me to.

I suspect most people who read this devotional will have used Amazon at one time or another. But, where you shop, what you buy, what you possess, or what your education, that can never be your primary identity.

Even though the world sees you one way, God sees something very different.

 In God’s eyes, you are more than an Amazon customer, a credit card number, voter, or social security number.  You are God’s child.

This is what John meant by saying, “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.”  (1 John 3:1)

Your true identity will never change.  There’s no label the world can attach to you that supersedes, overrides, or matters more.  You belong to God.

So today, live your life knowing the Maker of the Universe looks at you and smiles.  You are His child.  That’s a good thing.

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, thank you for making me your child.  Place my feet on your path and guide me in your way.  In Jesus’ I pray.  Amen.

God is your father and mother.  God has moved heaven and earth to bring you home.  

It does not matter if you are Amazon’s best customer or a neanderthal who doesn’t bother to shop on-line. Your true identity is not as a customer but as a child of God.

Knowing that, you can face whatever the world sends your way.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.

Tom Robbins