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Daily Devotional: Live in the Moment (Day 39)

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Living In The Moment

Daily Devotional Series - Day 39

Reading: Ecclesiastes 12:1-8, John 18 – 19

I’ve suffered a number of losses over the years. Just last week I lost an art piece I had created in college through an innocent domino effect that bumped it to the floor. It was one of the few pieces that I still display. Last spring, I lost my favorite mug. The same mug I bought on a road trip with my best friends before graduation, before career, before marriage, and before children. This mug I had used every day in the office since. It was universally known as “Pastor Tim’s Favorite Mug” as it rarely left my hand as I walked the campus. Then last year I was a little careless and dropped it near the picnic tables. The students who saw it all went, “ooo.” They knew. It was a collective gut punch. I saw my parents’ house of 30 years, the only house knew growing up, sold. Several years ago, we were forced to sell our home in the economic downturn. It was a house we had prayed for and invested our lives. I recently looked it up on a real estate website and saw recent pictures of it and my heart panged when I saw so many of Amiren’s designer touches still intact. The memories of our two oldest sons as babies came flooding back along with the pain of leaving it behind. Life is not in the past. It is in the present. It is with God.

Solomon reminds us that eventually, it ALL goes away. All of it. Nothing will last. On this Good Friday, notice that Jesus came into the world with nothing and left with nothing. If anything, he may have had a loincloth on the cross no bigger than the swaddling clothes he was placed in as a baby. He had His spirit which returned to the Father. That is the ONLY thing that lasts. He lost everything to gain more than we could possibly imagine. He gained us.

Key Scripture

Remember him—before the silver cord is severed,
   and the golden bowl is broken;
before the pitcher is shattered at the spring,
   and the wheel broken at the well,
7 and the dust returns to the ground it came from,
   and the spirit returns to God who gave it.

8 “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher.[a]
   “Everything is meaningless!”

Ecclesiastes 12:6-8 (NIV)

Today’s Prayer

 Jesus, thank you for being obedient. Thank you for giving up everything for me. Thank you for taking the punishment I deserve. Because of you, I have God’s approval. Because of you, my future is secure. Give me the courage to give up what will eventually go away anyways for the sake of someone else. Help me be obedient to your example. In your name, Amen.