Happy day after Valentine’s Day. I hope you continue to insensely express love just as you did yesterday.
Your eyes are not deceiving you. That is an insect sitting on top of water! *insert Lecrae’s ‘Walking on Water’ here* lol When was the last time you walked on water? Now I think that it is pretty cool that this water strider can walk, eat, and reproduce while on the surface of the water. I’ll let you guys in on a secret about me. I love small things! For example, finding pictures of a water striders was quite entertaining. Other things like a text from a friend that says ‘Hope your day is going well’, new name tags on our dorm doors from my RA, and one of my favorites, coupons from Starbucks. On Feb. 1, I posted a devotional titled ‘The Little Things’ that focused on how we allow small things to negatively impact our Christian walk. I would like to take the opportunity to redirect our focus on some of the other little things in our lives. Little things such as the ability to comprehend, recognize family and friends, and make decisions. Other little things that are outside of ourselves like living in a free country, the ability to vote on government, the chance to receive an education. Little things that we as humans can not control at all such as the way the sun shines even on a cloudy day, a cool breeze in the summer, and even a thunderstorm. When was the last time you took time to appreciate God for the little things?
Have you ever thought of how much grace you receive on a daily basis? (Grace is receiving things that we do not deserve. Things we did not work for.) I remember when I asked one of my professors could I have an extension on an assignment that I had completed, but I was not satisfied with. She said ‘Just because you asked, feel free to take another 2 days. I will even look over it with you.” I was shown favor I had not even worked for. 2 Cor. 9:8 says “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed.” Eph. 2:5 tells us that we don’t have to work for salvation; if we did, it wouldn’t be grace. (Rom. 11:6) Take time to thank God for His saving grace.
Have you ever thought about how much mercy you receive on a daily basis? (Mercy is not receiving the punishment we are supposed to get for being sinners.) For example, remember that time your parents forgot to discipline you for getting in trouble at school? Not to say they necessarily forgot, they just chose not to punish you. That’s mercy. Lamentations 3:22-23 says “Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” God tells us that every day we get to start new. You can never deplete your allotment of mercy! He won’t pour out His wrath on us like He should because of His love. God tell us that he will gets rid of our sins to the point that we don’t see them. Ps. 103:12 “He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.” Now that is mercy! Take time to thank God for His daily mercies.
When was the last time you took time to thank God for His love? John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” God demonstrated His love by giving us His perfect Son that could pay our sin debt. We owed God BIG, but instead Jesus paid that price. God gave us Jesus while we are still sinners! Not after we decided to fix things and change our lives, but while we were doing out ‘sin thing’. (Rom. 5:8) 1 John 4:8b says “God is love.” Because God is love, He shows us pure, true love (1 Cor. 13:4-8). Take time to thank God for giving His love.
Let’s not continue to take for granted any of these wonderful ‘little things’. Where would you be without God’s grace, mercy or love?
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