Thursday, April 26, 2012

Blog Tour Continues

As part of our Blog Tour for Turning Guilt Trips into Joy Rides, we're posting sample devotionals on Facebook and Blogger. Remember, our writings are organized around the letters of G-R-A-C-E, representing God, Relationships, Acceptance, Challenges and Emotions. Here is a devotional by Shirley:

Day 44 – G R A C E – Relationships

Guilt Trip to Avoid: Failing to participate in church activities.

The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. John 10:10

Keep the Cap On by Shirley

            “Study urges parents to keep cap on soda.” Those words headed a newspaper article that explained that children who drank soda before the age of 5 had lower levels of essential nutrients—such as fiber, protein, calcium, and certain vitamins—later in life. It was not that soda caused the deficit, but rather that soda kept children from ingesting nutritious foods, such as milk. The deficit occurred because of what they were NOT eating and drinking.

            The same may apply to our spiritual lives. For instance, some say they can worship without attending church. That may be true, but by God’s grace we are blessed through relationships with fellow believers. Folks who miss corporate worship and Bible teaching miss out on the fun of fellowship. Some say they are too busy to serve their church. But they are missing the great blessing that comes from putting others first.

            We may think that what we don’t do can’t hurt us. God, however, has designed our lives to revolve around our faith. We thrive as we embrace opportunities to grow. Perhaps, like the soda, we need to “keep the cap” on activities that distract us from getting the nutrients—and relationships--that come with the abundant Christian life.

            Take the Joy Ride: Jesus knew it was not only the bad that kept us from the best, but also the good. We can get so busy living the good life that we forget about God—and that’s not good. Are you missing out on any spiritual nutrients? Any relationships? Did you attend church last Sunday?

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