Devotional for Friday July 17th

Good Morning Everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “Fresh wind, fresh fire”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:19 (NIV)
 
Our thought for today: “Don’t let your life slip away”
 
I have a friend in law enforcement. He’s a young Christian man, early in his career as a law enforcement officer. He had a position with a police department that paid him well, but the hours were bad and his children worried about his safety. Deep in his heart he longed to be working with children, building into their lives, rather than chasing criminals. So when the opportunity arose, he left that job and accepted another position with a different law enforcement agency to serve as a School Resource Officer (a police officer stationed at an elementary and middle school). It’s a lower paying job but one he is likely to find much more rewarding and fulfilling. Not only will those children be safer because Officer Josh is there protecting them, but they will be encouraged and inspired by his solid character and strong Christian values.
 
I have another Christian friend who had a long and successful career as a medical doctor. Once he retired, he and his wife (a nurse) began going on three or four overseas short-term medical mission trips per year. In-between those trips they serve in their church, and at a local rescue mission in their town, and in other capacities that are helpful to people in need. Their retirement years are rich and full and very rewarding because they’re using them to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others.
 
One of the most helpful things any of us can do to get some fresh wind in our sails and some fresh fire in our soul is to be involved in things that add real value to the lives of others. I realize that you may not be able to change jobs like my friend did, but are there activities you can begin to participate in that will be a blessing to others and add meaning to your own life as well? I’m sure there are. Regardless of your season in life, there are things you can be doing that will bless others and enrich your own life too.
 
Dr. David Jeremiah once wrote, “Too often a lifetime has passed and we’ve done little or nothing of eternal value.” I encourage you not to let that happen to you. Don’t let the years of your life slip away only to realize in the end that you didn’t do much that really mattered. Use your time in meaningful ways that serve and bless others. If you do, you’ll discover that by doing so, the quality of your own life improved too.
 
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
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