For today's devotional, again we will use the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which is part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers. First, read the passage and then discuss the four questions below. Conclude by reading the reflection and closing presented.
Reading: John 1: 39-42; Luke 5: 1-11
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?)
God sees all that we do. There is nothing in our lives that God does not know about. God knows every hair on our head. But not only does God see us in a visual sense, but also in other ways as well.
God sees our potential. In John, God saw Peter’s potential. He also sees what we are capable of. We may not feel that we have what it takes to get something done or to do something in our life. But God sees our potential.
God also looks at us when we are in needs of instruction. Life does not come with a manual that gives us all the directions (except for maybe the Bible!). When we are in need of help and instruction, God is there for us to show us the way. In Luke, the fishermen thought they were not going to catch anything. But they are told to throw their nets back in and not give up. Sure enough, they got bites and caught fish. Jesus gave them the instructions that would get them to accomplish their task.
God is always with us, watching over us, seeing our potential, and giving us instruction. –Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
Closing: Discuss with others or meditate on this quote by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “Oh, the worst of all tragedies is not to die young, but to live until I am 75 and yet not every truly to have lived.”
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