Devotional for Tuesday January 26th

Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Resilience”
Our Bible verse for today: “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” Hebrews 13:16 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “Do something rather than nothing”
In recent days we’ve been thinking about the urgent need in our nation for resilient Christians and resilient churches to rise up and to make a meaningful difference for good in the middle of all the pain, heartache, struggle, and instability that exists in our land right now. I want to spend the next few days thinking about how to do that.
As we survey the political, social, economic, and spiritual landscape in our nation at the moment, we could easily get depressed and discouraged. The challenges seem insurmountable. And, for us as individuals, considering the magnitude and complexity of the issues, they are insurmountable. None of us individually can do much about the larger issues. But together, if we all do something rather than nothing, we can make a difference. And there’s the key – just do something.
Taking action is powerful. Taking action makes a difference. Most of us are familiar with the old story about the young boy and the starfish on the beach. An event occurred that caused thousands of starfish to wash up on a beach. The tide went out and the stranded starfish were slowly dying. A young boy came along, starting to pick up the starfish one-by-one, and toss them back into the ocean so they could live. A man came along, observed the boy amidst the thousands of stranded starfish, tossing one after another back into the ocean, and he said “Son, there are thousands and thousands of stranded starfish on this beach. What you’re doing really isn’t going to make much of a difference.” The boy thought about that for a moment, looked at the starfish he was holding in his hand and replied, “Well, it’ll make a difference for this one.” And he tossed it into the sea.
You and I alone can’t solve the problems our nation is facing. We can’t bless every person; we can’t calm every angry argument; we can’t lead every lost soul to Christ. But each of us can do something. We can “make a difference for this one”. We can be a blessing and a help to the person who is in front of us at the moment. And then we can do it again for the next one, and again, and again. And if enough of us do that, collectively we can make a big difference.
I encourage you to do something rather than nothing – for one person at a time, over and over again. Together we can make a difference.
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
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