Giving Preference and Accepting Changes – July 8 Devotions
So we have arrived at our midweek day of the first full week of July. Our summer weather here in Maine seems to have arrived for real (finally), as temps have been hitting the 80s, plus more humidity. Now it feels like we might actually be able to make plans for summer activities, such as going to the ocean and the annual clam festival and craft fair.
So onto today’s devotions.
“Giving preference to others requires a willingness to adapt and adjust. It means to allow another to go first or to have the best of something.
We show preference when we allow someone with fewer groceries in his cart than we have in ours to go in front of us at the supermarket checkout counter, or when we are waiting in line to use a public restroom and someone behind us in line is pregnant or elderly and we choose to let that individual go ahead of us.
Each time we show preference, we have to make a mental adjustment. We were planning to be first, but we decide to be second. We are in a hurry, but we decide to wait on someone else who seems to have a greater need.
A person is not yet rooted and grounded in love until he or she has learned to show preference to others (see Ephesians 3:17). Don’t just learn to adjust, but learn to do it with a good attitude. Learning to do these things is learning to walk in love.”
–Joyce Meyer in “New Day New You”
“If it seems you have been struggling forever with negative things in your life, don’t despair. There is a time and season for everything, and bad things ultimately give way to better things. Even the good things going on in your life may not stay exactly the same, because things are always changing.
Sometimes changes are exciting…and sometimes they are difficult. But Jesus never changes–and as long as you keep your eyes on Him, you will make it through the changes in your life and continue growing.
Be careful not to get too attached to people, places, positions, or things, but always be free to move with the Spirit. Let go of what lies behind and press on to what lies ahead (see Philippians 3:13-14).
Reach toward the new horizon God has for you. You will be glad you did.”
–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right”
-1- It’s interesting how strong our own wills are sometimes to just ignore others when we have our own agendas. We might be in a hurry or just maybe not feel especially benevolent some days, yet showing preference to others is the right way to act. I know there have been those times I’ve let others go ahead of me at the store, and they’re usually kind of surprised but always grateful. It’s the little things that can bring great joy sometimes!
-2- Yeah, changes can be challenging. These past two months while recovering from surgery have been quite the drastic change from hubby’s and my normal routines. Yet we’ve actually grown closer during this time and discovered the importance of team work as I’ve gradually been able to start performing certain tasks again, but still need his help with other things.
So what are YOUR thoughts?
-1- Do you regularly show preference to others? Can you think of a specific example you can share?
-2- How do you deal with changes?