Daily Devotional for November 29, 2022

In a moment of candid honesty, I have to say I am incredibly intelligent.  Here’s a good example.

Because of the acute need for water during this year’s drought, I have been very keen on knowing how much rain has fallen.  So, I bought a rain gauge. 

I picked the perfect fence post to mount the rain gauge and was very confident, I would always know how much rain fell.

The problem was I had picked the one fence post that, when it rains, is completely surrounded by mud.  So, in order to get an accurate read on the rain gauge, I have to wade through the mud and muck to get to it.  I’d rather not.

Instead, when someone asks me how much rain I got, I respond, “I don’t know.  It rained.”

This is not the first time I’ve done something this smart. I have a long list.

In fact, through the years, when Shannon sees me make, what I consider a very intelligent decision, she does the “I can’t believe you just did that” face.  She does it a lot.

While I may not be the brightest bulb in the box, I do know the one thing I have to know.  

Two thousand years ago, an expert in the law asked Jesus what mattered most.  Jesus said, “’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.   And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”  (Matthew 22:37-38)

Even a rocket scientist like me can remember that.

So, if you are as intelligent as I am, don’t despair.  All you have to remember is to love God first and love everyone else as much as you love yourself.  If you do this, you have figured out the key to a blessed life.

Give it a try.  It won’t always be easy but it’s worth it because you will have decided to do what matters most.

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, in this confusing world filled with distractions, help me follow your Great Commandment.  Guide all my decisions.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

Choosing to put God first is always the right decisions.

Also, for me, while I may not be the sharpest tool in the shed, at least I’ve got my looks.

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