Mission Devotional - October 29, 2017

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Opening Prayer: Take, O Lord, and receive my entire liberty, my memory, my understanding and my whole will. All that I am and all that I possess You have given to me: I surrender it all to You to be disposed of according to Your will. Give me only Your love and Your grace; with these I will be rich enough, and will desire nothing more. - St. Ignatius of Loyola

Scripture: Psalm 24:1-2

Journal: How does it help you today to know that the earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof? What confidence does it give you in God's sovereignty and control? Where in your life do you need that confidence right now?

Reflection: So, Kyrie Irving believes that the earth is flat. Interesting. He's entitled to his opinion, right? From where I stand - right here, right now - I could buy into that theory. I mean, from my own little vantage point in this great big world, that's the way it appears to be. The problem is that time after time I have found that my own little vantage point is not a reliable place to begin. The larger picture is the one that shows the truth. The spaceships and satellites that have orbited our planet tell us the real story that our limited vision cannot see. Oh sure, I can deny all of the evidence to the contrary and live in my own perception of the "truth," but that doesn't change the fact that the truth will still be the truth whether I acknowledge it or not.

I'm sure Copernicus had the same conversations when he helped us to see that the earth is, in fact, not the center of the universe, the sun is. There is just something within us that refuses to believe that that's true. Our default, both then and now, is to believe that we are the center of the universe, that everything revolves around us. And, unfortunately, I tend to live my life that way.

That's where the Psalms can be so helpful. They remind me that this life is not about me. I am not the center of the universe, God is. And when I begin to truly believe that, and to live as if it were true, it changes everything. The truth is that my life is not my own; I was made for bigger purposes. My tiny little story isn't the main story. I am participant in a story much bigger and much more amazing than I could dare hope or dream. I was made by God, for God. My life revolves around him, not he around me. When I begin to recognize that truth I am able to begin to see things as they really are, and to engage in the life God made me for.

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

After years of leading Young Life Spain and Young Life Western Europe, Jim and Barbara McNamee are now developing new areas as part of the regional staff. They are working to start new ministries in the five countries of Western Europe, including Luxembourg, Andorra, and Italy. Their primary focus at this time is starting a new YL area in the Basque Country of Spain. Pray today for opportunities to meet teens and build relationships with them in the Basque Country.

A Hand Up For Women, Knox County Christian Women's Job Corps, strives to be a source of hope to women with the desire and motivation to lead a more self-sufficient life. Pray for the women reached by this ministry that they may know the love of Jesus.

Closing Prayer: Dear God, Be at the center of everything in my life because without you I am off balance and spinning out of control. Amen.