Daily Devotional for March 7, 2023

Lizzy is a youth in our church.  Her family has been a part of our church since the beginning of time.  She is my retirement plan.

You see, every week, after the worship service as I greet people leaving the church, Lizzy walks up with an incredible drawing depicting the different elements of the sermon.

She draws these true works of art as she listens to me preach.  In fact, now that I think about it, Lizzy may be the only one in her entire family that pays attention to the sermon.

All I know is, one day, when Lizzy is a world-famous artist, I will sell all her sermon drawings, make a fortune, and move to Tahiti.

The point to this meandering devotional is Lizzy is a brilliant artist.  It’s her gift and she uses it each week to make sure I know at least one person I see on Sunday morning, is really listening.  She always makes my day.

You too have a gift to be used to improve someone’s life.  While yours may not drawing a sermon, God has given you something that makes you truly unique.  He expects you to use it for the greater good.  

Long ago, Peter wrote, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.  (1 Peter 4:10)

In the two thousand years since Peter wrote these words, nothing has changed.  God still expects us to use our gifts for his purpose.

Today is a new opportunity to use your gift.  Don’t waste the day or your gift.  Use them.

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, help me use my meager gifts to make this world a better place.  I pray my life brings you and others joy.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

Lizzy uses her gifts.  Let’s be like Lizzy.

Also, now that I’ve had a moment to think about it, I’ve come to the conclusion the gift God gave me is my looks.  In fact, I am sure of it because I see Shannon looking at me with dismay all the time.  It has to be because I am so good looking.  No other explanation comes to mind.

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