Luke 12:22-31 (NIV)

22 Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23 Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! 25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life ? 26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? 27 “Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith!  29 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30 For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them.  31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.   

Luke 12:31 (NIV)

31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.   

DEVOTION – Gale A. Richards (Iowa)

As a friend and I walked across a parking lot, he bent over to pick up a coin.  I had walked past without seeing it, yet he acted as if he actually been looking for it.  He put the coin in his pocket and said, “Thank you, Lord.”  My friend admitted that he frequently found coins on the ground – sometimes even dollar bills.  “I look for them, so I find them,”  he said.  Then he added, “It’s the same with God’s blessings.  I look for them, and I find a lot of them!”

My friend was right.  God’s blessings are so abundant that we frequently take them for granted:  family to care about us; friends to share laughter and tears; a home to go to, however humble it might be; talents and abilities to help us make our way in life.  All these and so much more are gifts of a loving God.

After that day, I began to look for God’s blessings.  My friend was right; I found a lot of them!  This discovery of God’s abiding love has helped bring contentment to my days.  It has also helped strengthen my relationship with others because I realize they too are objects of God’s amazing love.  This lesson doesn’t make everyone a friend.  But it does motivate me to try to treat others with the dignity and respect all God’s children deserve.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: God’s love for us is boundless.

PRAYER: Dear God, help us look for your presence and your blessings in all of life.  Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS: THOSE WHO FEEL UNWORTHY OF GOD’S LOVE

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