During the Lenten season, staff and church leaders will share a daily devotional. Please join us on the journey.
Heather Collins – Vice Chair – Administrative Council
Like many of you, I admired Billy Graham. I have a devotional book he wrote, that belonged to my mother. It is meaningful because of who authored it and dear to my heart because of who consulted it daily. I found inspiration for this devotional from a combination of his writings regarding contentment, the spirit of thankfulness, and lasting joy. I remember the look on Reverend Graham’s face when he preached. It was pure joy. And his voice was always filled with such deep gratitude. He encouraged each of us – and the entire world – to accept Christ. He made living for Christ seem so simple . . .
Reverend Graham tells the story of visiting a man who was wealthy and successful, but was also miserable inside. Wealth had not be able to fill the empty place in his heart. A few hours later he visited a man in the same community who had almost nothing. He recalls that this man’s face was radiant. All he wanted to talk about was the work he was doing for Christ and how Christ had filled his life with meaning and purpose. A spirit of contentment and thankfulness made all the difference.
It is easy to misunderstand what in life might truly bring us joy. It can be very frustrating – thinking we will find fulfillment in the things of this world – only to find emptiness and discontent. We are bombarded with encouragement to all want a little more than we have now . . . Society tells us to never settle for contentment – to always strive for more, more, more. The bumper sticker “He who dies with the most toys wins” comes to mind . . .
What if we were successful at putting Christ first in our lives? What if we made contentment our daily goal? What if we tried to be thankful in every situation? What if we possessed a sense of great gratitude? What if we could be filled with joy?
During this time of Lent, let’s put Christ first. Let’s wake up each morning and thank God for our blessings – as well as our challenges. Let’s strive for contentment – rather than wanting just a little bit more. Let’s try to be thankful in every situation. Let’s make our number one goal during Lent to have a sense of gratitude. A spirit of contentment and thankfulness will make the difference for each of us.
Prayer: Dear Lord, open my eyes during this season of Lent. Make it clear to me how I can make you first in my life. Help me to see the many blessings you have given me. Thank you. Change my heart to be content. Let your love shine through me so that everyone I meet will see the joy in my face and hear the gratitude in my voice. Amen.