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Devotions for Life

Don Quixote

“God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:27). I love the musical play Man of La Mancha based on Cervantes’, Don Quixote. I first became acquainted with this play during a Marriage Encounter Weekend in the 70’s.

After his attempt to defeat a windmill, Don Quixote takes shelter in an inn. There he sees the “fair Dulcinea.” However, Dulcinea is really Aldonza. Aldonza is a kitchen helper and whore working at the inn. Aldonza has no self-esteem as she says, “I was born on a dung heap to die on a dung heap.” Don Quixote refuses to see Aldonza as anything but a fair and noble lady. No matter what happens, he sees her as a person that has worth. At the end of the play Aldonza has changed into Dulcinea, becoming a lady’s maid with self-worth because she finally sees herself through Don Quixote’s eyes.


Taking Care of Yourself

“For the word of God is living, and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and quick to discern the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). 

My doctor told me, “Take care of yourself.” I go through a physical checkup every year. I do it to make sure my body is in the best possible shape. I want to watch out for diseases and conditions that sneak in to destroy me. I do it because I want to take care of myself. How do we take care of our spiritual souls? When we give ourselves a spiritual checkup, what diagnostic tool do we use? What, like an x-ray, can see through to our hearts? Hebrews 4:13 says, “And there is no creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and laid open before the eyes of him with whom we have to do.”

God’s Word is quick to discern the thoughts and intents of our hearts. It is not only our diagnostic tool, but it contains the remedy for whatever ails us spiritually. God knows that we can become spiritually ill. He knows that we need constant spiritual checkups. He gave us His Word for our learning and guidance, for spiritual diagnosis and remedies.Many people go to the doctor when they are sick. The doctor prescribes a medicine. The patient gets the medicine, then refuses to take it. So he is out the money he paid the doctor, the money he paid for the medicine, and he does not get well.

So it is with us spiritually. It won’t do us any good to have the Bible if we don’t study it daily and heed its commandments. Taking care of ourselves spiritually is that easy.

Hymn: “Take Time To Be Holy”


Donna Wittlif, Denver, Colorado

Never Surrender

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith”

(II Timothy 4:7).

Satan works hard on Christians to get them to surrender. He wants us to see that becoming righteous is impossible. Satan tries to get us accept that we really aren’t worthy and that we are not able to do enough good to get to heaven. He twists the truth just enough so that what he says makes sense. Once we surrender, we walk away from our heavenly Father, and we feel even more unworthy.