Devotional – August 11

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Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6

Ever felt yourself melt down to a puddle on the floor? It happens when we get so disappointed we don’t see much future in going on. It happens when we set our expectations too soon.

I’m as prone as anyone to want instant gratification, instant success, instant pudding. I’m a great sprinter, not so great in marathons. As a result I tend to evaluate things before their time.

Our lives can be chopped up into segments, some of those segments are better than others. If I evaluate my life at the wrong segment I can come up with the wrong opinion as to how things are going.

If I make a road trip out West and have a flat in one of those segments and then evaluate the trip based upon that segment, the whole trip is a bummer. But if I look at the trip as a total experience, that flat becomes insignificant. It’s just a blip.

I could just be having a bad day. Those happen, you know. If I evaluate my life based upon that day, my whole existence is in the toilet. That’s why I can’t expect every moment to be the single criteria by which I judge the worth of what I’m doing. I need more data.

Raising kids, taking a job, beginning a project, living a life all have great and not so great moments. But taken as a whole, they are amazing adventures.

The bad times of our lives are relatively brief when we consider the over-all. The problem comes when we get hung up on one segment and can’t move past it. We’re letting one flat tire ruin a very good life.

The best approach is to pace ourselves, live each segment fully and keep an eye on the goal.

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The devotional this week is provided by Cary Smith, a ’72 graduate of HPU with a degree in Bible. He married Jan Nettles a music major who graduated in 1975. Both, actually, were a part of the Class of ’73. Cary graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and has served a variety of churches in Texas, California and Nevada. He pastored for eleven years in Las Vegas, Nevada. He currently serves as Associate in Senior Adult Ministry at West Conroe Baptist Church, Conroe, Texas. Jan teaches music at Covenant Christian School in Conroe. They have three boys and eight grandchildren scattered from California, Nevada, Texas and Alabama. He is a published author and songwriter.