Daily Devotional Rev. Johnnie Flakes,III - September 07, 2009
Blessed Labor Day. Our devotion for today comes from 1 John 3:2 "Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is."
Wherever you are today, meditate on this; the surest way to get discouraged is to compare yourself with others. The Bible says, "Don't compare yourself" (Gal 6:4 CEV), because some people will look like they're doing a better job and you'll get disheartened, while others won't be as effective and you'll become proud. "Concentrate on doing your best" (2Ti 2:15). That way, "You will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and won't need to compare yourself" (Gal 6:4 NLT).
All the apples on a tree don't ripen at the same time. Paul says, "knowledge and understanding" take time. One successful author says, "When I began writing, I found myself fumbling with that part of myself. 'I want to be a writer,' I'd think, 'but I have to get this number of books published and this number of good reviews first.' It can take years and many successes in any new area before we can confidently say to ourselves and others, 'I am'......what has God called you to do?
Don't wait until you're successful, start now by saying you are what you want to become. Yes, you've much to learn and you may not be an expert but you don't have to be, to say those two little words I am. "John writes: "Now we are children of God, and we have not yet been shown what we will be in the future."
God uses crooked sticks to draw straight lines and imperfect people to do His perfect will. So, push ahead, cut yourself some slack, and remember you're a W.I.P.- a work-in-progress! Have a blessed W.I.P. day!
Your brother in Christ,
J. H. Flakes, III