Refocus, Humbly

Lent is a time to refocus on God and take the focus away from ourselves.             We are reminded in Philippians 2:3: “Do nothing from selfish ambition or             conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves.” This may be viewed by some as the tough time of Lent. The time when our promises we made early in Lent to “give up” or “commit to” something might be weighing a heavier burden than we had imagined. So now IS the time to shift and refocus.  We pray to God that he might provide strength to our continued Lenten mission and purpose.  And now is the time to give up “All About Me” and offer up “All About Others.” There certainly has never been a greater teacher of this than Jesus.

How great is the humble person who accepts an award or recognizes those that helped them achieve their greatness.  We know the people that win awards are great, but they carry their mark even further by accepting them humbly. Let us humbly accept the gifts that God has bestowed upon us and use the opportunities granted us to discover a unique gift in others. The next time someone congratulates you for something, be sure to give thanks for the people who helped you get to that moment; the ones that were with you when the times were tough, and perhaps not so glorious. There is an entire book on being humble.  In the Bible, you will see continuously the people God chose were humble. It wasn’t the great and mighty, but it was the everyday people who carried out humble lives. So this week, I encourage you to be great by being humble. God will be watching.

And finally, although it is totally out of the context of the devotion, I ask that you lift up in prayer the families affected by the fire by Conifer.  Hopefully by the time you read this, the fire has been put out and those evacuated have returned safely to their unharmed homes.  May God’s blessing also be with the firefighters for strength and perseverance as they bravely fight to contain the fire.

Wendy Saathoff

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