For today's devotional, again we will use the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which will also be a big part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers this summer. First, read the passage and then discuss the four questions below. Conclude by reading the reflection and ponder the quote presented.
Reading: Matthew 6: 30-34
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, or challenges me in this text? (or for younger kids, which part of the story doesn’t make sense to me?)
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text? (or for younger kids, what is my favorite part of the story?)
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me? (or for younger kids, what does this story remind me of?)
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text? (or for younger kids, what is God or Jesus doing in this story?)
When I worked in a politically-appointed job, an upcoming election caused me great anxiety. If those who appointed me to my position lost the election, I would most likely lose my job when a new administration came into power.
I knew that possibility existed when I took the job. But the other positives about the position outweighed that negative. It still, though, was a concern to me that I could lose my job. And, if my bosses won, we'd still have to go through that in four more years.
Early in the year of the election, I came across this passage in Matthew. I decided to make it my "theme verse" for the year. When I started to worry about the future, I would read this verse and hopefully not worry anymore. For God says that the provisions will be made for us and we should not worry about tomorrow. Today's troubles are enough for us to deal with today. Living one day at a time can be tough, but it is the right thing to do.
I had a new peace about elections and was resigned to the fact that I would deal with the hand I was dealt. I knew that God would take care of me and provide for my needs. On the Sunday before the election, we sang "A Mighty Fortress" at my church. The line that struck me that day most was "Were they to take my house, goods, honors, child, or spouse; though life we wretched away, they cannot win the day; the kingdom's ours forever." I was comforted again that God would provide. And in the end, my bosses won the election, and a year later I was hired as the director at camp and would leave that position. But that year, I learned a very valuable lesson to take one day at a time and not worry! --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
Closing: Discuss or meditate on this quote: "A friend is a person with whom you dare to be yourself." Sometimes we worry about our relationships. Should we not take God's advise when it comes to that, too?