June 17 Devotional

Opening Prayer: Write your blessed name, O Lord, upon my heart, there to remain, so indelibly engraved that no prosperity, no adversity, shall ever move me from your love. ~Thomas a Kempis

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 3:1-4

Journal: What is the letter of your life saying about Jesus these days? Are you living a good story these days? Why or why not?

Reflection: “You’re writing another book about yourself?” Jordan asked. He was sitting at the counter in the kitchen eating a bowl of cereal. He had his laptop open and was choosing the starting lineup for his college fantasy basketball team. He’d been playing the game for a year and finally had a division one team. He said he was going to start his best defense, because defense wins championships.

“I’m not writing a book. I’m not talking about a book. I’m talking about me. I don’t think I’m telling a good story.”

“I think you tell good stories. Lots of people think so.”

“I tell good stories in books. I don’t live good stories.”

Jordan poured more milk in his cereal. He was looking at me while pouring the milk. He was squinting his eyes a little and furrowing his brow. He stopped pouring the milk. He kept looking at me for ten seconds or more, like he was studying me.

“You’re right,” he finally said. “You aren’t living a good story.”

“That’s what I was saying.”

“I see,” he said.

“What do I do about that?”

“You’re a writer. You know what to do.”

“No, I don’t.”

Jordan looked at me with his furrowed brow again. “You put something on the page,” he said. “Your life is a blank page. You write on it.” (A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller)

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

Jeff and Ellen work among unreached people groups in two restricted access countries of Southeast Asia catalyzing Church Planting Movements. Pray today for new workers to join Mekong Ministries to reach unreached people groups. The Black Hmong and Dong are the two groups they urgently need workers for. Pray today for the work amongst the Tai Lue in China as people are being trained to evangelize and share their testimonies.

FOCUS (Following Our Choices Unto Success) works in the Knox County Jail and Detention Facility, Taft Youth Center, and the four men’s prisons of East Tennessee. The FOCUS work “Behind the Walls” includes evangelistic events, weekly support groups, discipleship classes, life-skills classes and one-on-one counseling. Pray for the work of FOCUS today.

Closing Prayer: Lord Jesus, make me a beautiful letter from you, open and available for all to read. Continue to write your good story within me. For your glory. Amen.