Devotion for Tuesday, June 23
WHAT GOOD CAN COME FROM THIS?
"Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won't need to compare yourself to anyone else.
For we are each responsible for our own conduct."
My daughter recently shared with me a post she read on social media. It was a positive, post-pandemic outlook. What the author of that post saw was a theme arising from the events of the year 2020: a theme of personal responsibility. That would certainly be a positive outcome from all the trials and tribulations experienced by everyone, so far, in the year 2020.
We have seen evidence of the benefit everyone receives when everyone takes just a little bit of personal responsibility. Simple, little things like wearing a mask and washing your hands can keep someone else from becoming sick or dying. A wave "Hello" from across the street as you are walking can put a smile on someone's face. A respectful conversation, where it is not necessary to agree on everything, can make everyone feel more at peace.
These simple, little things are the "work" we are called to do.
"So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are doing." 1 Thes. 5:11
Trials and tribulations are most certainly occurring during this year of 2020. It is also the best time to do the work, in whatever way we can, to "encourage each other and build each other up". Everyone needs that kind of help often, and especially now.
Let us pray:
Precious Lord, thank you for every time that we can, through Your grace, do the work of encouraging each other and building each other up. Help us to continue to be personally responsible. May we do this for Your glory. Amen
Christ Servant Minister