Daily Devotional for December 13, 2022

Jerry sent the following message.  “Dropped off checks from Saints and Sinners for yours’ and Kit’s projects.  Be out next Sunday.  Good time for a long sermon.”

This got me thinking. 

First, the Saints and Sinners is a Sunday school class.  Their name is accurate.  I know a few saints in that class and a whole lot of sinners.

Second, Jerry thinks the best time for me to preach a long sermon is when he and Ann are out of town. 

While I agree my longest sermons are always best and even if Jerry and Ann are out of town, I wouldn’t want them to miss out.  So, once they are back in town, I will go over to their house and preach it for them.  I know they will be very appreciative.

The point to this meandering devotional is if you take yourself too seriously, you will miss out on a lot of the joy and laughter life provides.

The wisest of all people said, “A person finds joy in giving an apt reply—and how good is a timely word!”  (Proverbs 15:23)

While the Bible never reports Jesus laughing, he had to have been a person of true joy and celebration.  That’s why he was such a magnet for children.  I am convinced God wants us to be the same.

So, in the midst of the hustle and bustle of another day, take a moment to remember how blessed you are, bring a smile to someone’s face, and don’t take yourself too seriously.

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, thank you for allowing me to be with so many wonderful people.  Help me never take them for granted.  Please allow me to bring joy to others.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

Also, just for the record, two Sunday’s ago, I announced the sermon would be shorter than usual because we had Confirmation, a baptism by immersion, and Holy Communion.  

Sadly, in one corner of the sanctuary, people cheered, started throwing confetti and blowing horns, and even hung up a piñata in celebration.  

While I may preach forgiveness, I don’t necessarily believe in it.

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