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Devotions for Life

What? Lose My Life?

Scripture: “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life
for My sake, he is the one who will save it” (Luke 9:24).

This sounds like a paradox. Who wouldn’t want to save his life? How can a man save his
life by losing it? Come on, this is just crazy! We will go to any length to preserve
our lives, our well-being. We don’t want to lose either.

Jesus isn’t talking about our physical dying. No, He is talking about something much more
serious. Let me paraphrase what Jesus said. If I make it my priority to live my life
according to worldly standards, then I will forfeit my spiritual life.

James said it this way, “Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself
an enemy of God” (James 4:4b). Strong words, yes, but they are necessary to gain eternal

Jesus left us an example to follow. He exposed sin, He confronted hypocrites, He submitted
Himself totally to the Father, He lived a godly life, He resisted worldly fame, and He gave
up His rightful position in heaven to come down here (Philippians 2:6-7). Paul says, “Have
this same attitude in yourselves” (Philippians 2:5a).

Is it important to you to live a life enjoying what the world offers? The world offers riches,
pleasure, sinful behavior, and freedom to do what you want. It is a most attractive offer for
the here and now. The world says that you are your own boss.

Jesus says to give up the worldly things, obey Me, serve God, clean up your behavior, clean
up your words, and surrender your life and will to Me. If you yield your life 100% to Jesus,
then you will not lose your real life. If you are trying to straddle the fence, you will
have a pleasant life here, but a horrible life in eternity.

Song: “I Surrender All”

Father, we fall short of living like we must. Forgive us please. Help us to commit our
lives more fully to Jesus. We beg this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Ed Wittlif, Denver, Colorado


Hand Print

Today’s Bible Passage: “People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them,
but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them,
‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs
to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like
a little child will never enter it.’ And he took the children in his arms, put his hands
on them and blessed them” (Mark 10:13-16).

Recently, a friend wrote the following statement relative to her five year old little boy.
“Cleaning today, getting ready for family to come for the holidays, I saw a dirty little
handprint next to the light switch. I almost wiped it away, but something stopped me quickly.
I realized how precious that little hand is. It shows that my little boy is alive and
healthy in his home. I thought how badly I’d miss that little hand if it were suddenly taken
from me. Guess what? For this season there’s a little handprint stain on my wall. I love
it there. My house may not be spic and span but that’s because a family lives here and we
may be too busy hugging, laughing or sometimes arguing to always sweep or mop. But on my
death bed, I bet I don’t say, ‘man. I should’ve cleaned more.'”

The Handprint
By Roy Crutcher

Today I found a handprint
That It started to wipe away,
But something said, “don’t do it”
You’ll be happy you didn’t some day.
That dirty little handprint,
Looks so bad there on the wall,
But what if there were no little child,
To put it there at all?
Children are so precious,
We love them all so much,
So why get upset
When we see a smudgy touch?
So innocently was it put there,
As they went about their play,
Able to run and jump and yell,
And all the other stuff they can to today.
Tomorrow holds no promise,
For what a child can do,
Or even it he’ll be here,
This is a fact that’s so true.
So cherish the child each day,
Hold them close and hug,
Tell them that you love them,
And cherish that handprint smudge.

If we truly love and nurture our children; if we teach them the ways of the Lord; if we show
patience and yet instill discipline when they are small, they will, likely grow up to be
individuals that we can be proud of. What’s more. God will be well pleased.

Hymn “Jesus Loves The Little Children”

Prayer: Father it is my prayer this day that we will encourage all parents to be godly
parents who will set the proper examples before their children, and continually instruct
them in the ways of the Lord. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Roy Crutcher, Mount Carmel, IL


Ponder: “And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life” (Matthew 6:27).

I read Colin Powell’s latest book, “IT WORKED FOR ME In Life and Leadership.” He has thirteen
rules for life and leadership. The first one is, “It ain’t as bad as you think. It will
look better in the morning.” I like his opening statement about this rule. “Well, maybe
it will, maybe it won’t.”

How often have you gone to bed with a nagging problem weighing you down, and in the morning
it was still there and just as bad? Powell goes on to say, “This rule reflects an attitude
and not a prediction.” Jesus said, don’t be consumed by worry; worry solves nothing and
changes nothing. When we allow worry to dominate our thinking, we can easily fall into
a constant “woe is poor me” attitude.

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let
your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6). This is a strong verse. Let the
Father know not just by asking, but with begging and with an attitude that He will take
care of you. Also, you must be thankful for past answered prayers and for His being a
loving, caring Father. Sometimes, after we earnestly pray, the problem is still with us.
Like Paul and his thorn, we might need to accept that God’s grace is enough.

We know that all things can turn out for good. Read Romans 8:28-39. It is just that we stop
short of God’s time table because we want an answer right this instant. Plus the fact that
we fail to see the future like God does. Just trust your Father, who cares for you, and turn
your worries over to Him. Our Father will make things better tomorrow.

Song: “Be Not Dismayed Whate’er Betide”

Our Father, often I worry and stress myself out by keeping my concerns bottled up within me
when I could turn all my worries to You. Father, I trust You, please help my trust to grow.
I ask this in the name of my Lord, Jesus. Amen.

Ed Wittlif, Denver, Colorado