Category Archives: Devotional Inspiration

my favorite mug

I recently stumbled on a beautiful metaphor that I, a regular coffee and cocoa drinker, could really relate to. Perhaps you can too:

“Maybe you have a favorite old mug. Into it you pour your morning coffee, your afternoon tea, or your bedtime cocoa. It might be stained, dulled by many washings, chipped, or cracked – but it still warms your hand as you enjoy its contents day by day.

That mug is like you. Outwardly we show the chips and cracks of everyday wear and tear, but inwardly we are renewed daily with the outpouring of the Spirit. Just before this promise of renewal, the apostle Paul described us as “jars of clay” (2 Corinthians 4.7), perhaps thinking about Adam being fashioned from the dust of the earth. We are indeed earthen vessels [much like that favorite mug], but don’t focus on the fading exterior. Feel the warmth of what God is pouring into you.”

What is he pouring into your life? There’s so much going on in my own that I don’t know where to start. I will share one day soon.

Shared Devotional: Who’s Right?

Devotional for Monday, August 12, 2013:

But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. James 3:17, NLT

I don’t know about you, but I’m always right.

Ever feel that way? So many of us–men as well as women–fall into the trap of self-absorption and act as if we are the only one with a valid perspective. After all, what are most arguments about but a struggle for the distinction of being “right?” The thing is, sometimes we’re right, and sometimes we’re wrong. And sometimes when we’re right, we are wrong in the way we handle the situation–because being right is not necessarily the same as being wise.

The Bible teaches us that wisdom is pure. My idea of being “right” is rarely pure. It is all about me and my reputation. The Bible also says that wisdom is peace-loving, gentle at all times, and–here’s the real kicker–willing to yield to others. That is definitely not my version of wisdom. My version results in frustration, while true wisdom results in mercy, good deeds, and sincerity.

Imagine what our relationships would be like if we admitted when we were wrong and were quick to show mercy when the other person was wrong. In all relationships, this means sometimes yielding the control and making compromises. And in a marriage, this might mean yielding a situation to your husband and then having mercy if he is indeed wrong. Sometimes we must yield the control and trust the Lord to be the guardian of justice.

In one of your relationships, is there some tension about who is right and wrong? Stop and ask God for his wisdom. When you are tempted to fight for your way, ask God for peace, and respond with mercy and sincerity–what an amazing testimony of God’s love you can be.

a sense of what’s important

“Show me, Lord, my life’s end
    and the number of my days;
    let me know how fleeting my life is.
You have made my days a mere handbreadth;
    the span of my years is as nothing before you.
Everyone is but a breath,
    even those who seem secure.

Psalm 39.4-5

I chewed on that. Ever breathed on a window during a cold winter’s day? Did you notice how it fogged up, and then the fog instantly disappeared? That is what the psalmist David is saying the life of man is like. Here for a brief moment, then gone. Why would David ask God to show him the shortness of his life? David knew that when a man grasps how short his life is, he begins to live with a new sense of what’s truly important.

Excerpted from The Real Win by Colt McCoy and Matt Carter

Daily Reflection: Look up the word “unction” in your dictionary. How can you focus on what’s truly important in life?