Old Testament: Ezekiel 39:21-29
Morning Psalms: Psalms 30, 32
New Testament: Philippians 4:10-20
Gospel: John 17:20-26
Evening Psalms: Psalms 42, 43
There are people who influence you in unexpected ways, and too often the opportunity to thank them passes without warning.
I am nineteen years old, and this past summer I had my first experience with corporate America. Quickly, I was introduced to the subtle nuances that make office sitcoms hilarious. Though I laughed my way through it, there was one day when, instead of laughing, I broke down in tears. A co-worker noticed I was upset and pulled me aside to give me a pep talk. She took me by the shoulders, looked me in the eye, and said, “Girl, why you cryin’?!” When I didn’t have an answer (because I’m used to being coddled in these situations) she proceeded to tell me to go wipe my eyes, clean up my face in the bathroom, and walk back into the office without revealing to the people who upset me that they had any effect on me. I did as I was told, felt better, and continued to laugh through my office sitcom life, even deciding to return for another season.
John 17:25 says, “Though the world does not know you, I know you.”
So when the devil throws life’s hardships at me, it is important for me to remember that I know Jesus. With His love, I’m able to walk back into any office and laugh in the devil’s face.
I wish to dedicate this devotional to Samantha (Sam) Christian-Davis, my co-worker who graciously took me under her wing that summer. She passed away in November from an unexpected heart attack. May she be remembered for her free-spirit and her undying love for her fourteen-year-old daughter.
Thank you, Jesus, for letting me know You, and thank you for knowing me. Amen.