Daily Devotional for Friday August 18, 2017


Hebrews 10:24 (NASB) and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds,


As I left the scrap yard, George apologized for leaving his glove on and simply said, "Have a blessed day!" I didn't catch it at first. I read lips more than hear; So, I asked, "What did you say?" "Sorry about the glove and have a blessed day." George had reached out to shake my hand and left his glove on. Something he felt bad about. George works in a filthy environment. He is usually covered in dirt, grease, grime, and anything else you can imagine from others' garbage as he sifts through the piles of metal to put them in their correct containers. Today's verse speaks of letting us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds. It may have seemed like a simple trip to the scrap yard, but I came away feeling blessed. I spent time with my dad, he came along and met George. A simple man going about the job he had and inspiring by simple words of "Have a blessed day." Caring enough about me that he felt bad about leaving his glove on when he said goodbye. Sometimes in life, we can get all caught up with our own problems making it all about us. Then you meet someone and their attitude simply blows you away. You forget about what was bothering you. You smile and think to yourself, "I am blessed." Let us be the ones to encourage others to love and to do acts of good deeds. Let's make it about others and not ourselves. I know that's what Christ did. Maybe it's our turn now! Sorry about the glove and have a blessed day!  


Personal Application: Continue spending time with the Lord daily. Sow righteousness and reap the fruit of God's unfailing love.

Family Devotional: Read this chapter to your family. Ask them if anything spoke to them as you read. Talk about their answers and show them that one important aspect of this chapter is that we must continue to spend time with the Lord and keep our hearts focused on His plans and purposes. Pray for them.

TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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