What you put into life

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, June 22, 2018

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May you find comfort, encouragement, guidance, hope, inspiration, love, and peace – https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/. May you also find answers to your question(s) through the Scriptures that address every situation you face, and help with your problems. Deb

Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)

Today’s scripture reading:

We often feel that life is a failure unless we’re getting a lot out of it: recognition, fun, money, success. But Paul considered life worth nothing unless he used it for God’s work. What he put into life was far more important than what he got out. Which is more important to you—what you get out of life, or what you put into life? (N LT)

Acts 20:20-24 – “. . . Yet I never shrank from telling you the truth, either publicly or in your homes. I have had one message for Jews and Gentiles alike—the necessity of turning from sin and turning to God, and of faith in our Lord Jesus.

“And now I am going to Jerusalem, drawn there irresistibly by the Holy Spirit, not knowing what awaits me, except that the Holy Spirit has told me in city after city that jail and suffering lie ahead. But my life is worth nothing unless I use it for doing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about God’s wonderful kindness and love. . . .”

Nothing, not even my life, is more important than my completing my mission . . . to testify about the good news of God’s grace.” –Acts 20:24 (CEB)

Ron Sanders (Michigan) titled his story “MY MISSION;” here is a portion of Ron’s story:

“For many years I have wondered, What is my mission in life? I am a retired police homicide detective. My career was cut short because of a stroke that left me with a speech impediment and the need to use a walker for balance. I thought that my life’s mission was over.

“But then I remembered a tape a friend had given me. I listened to its spiritual and inspirational message again and remembered that the speaker also has a speech impediment. . . .

“Because of this speaker and today’s quoted verse, I have rediscovered the mission for my life – to spread the good news of Jesus. I now give inspirational, spiritual, and motivational presentations to other stroke survivors in hospitals and churches. My public speaking gives me the opportunity to spread the good news of Jesus. Even with my speech impediment and my walker, I have found that I can complete my mission in life – the mission God has given me.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – No matter my abilities, God has a mission for me.

Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to embrace and fulfill the mission you have given each of us. Amen.

Prayer Focus: SOMEONE RECOVERING FROM A STROKE

To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/

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