The Upper Room devotional reflection for Saturday, October 1, 2022, comes to us from Hannah Fewell of Louisiana.
1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.
12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. 15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Colossians 3:1-3, 12-17NRSV
NEVER REALLY BEHIND
Date nights. New cars. New homes. Engagement rings. Smiling children. It feels like every time I log on to social media, this is all I see, while I’m still single, working on my degree, and feeling at times like my life is going nowhere. Though I am genuinely glad for my friends who have reached major milestones, I can’t help but feel that I am lagging behind.
Despite my insecurities, I do have a roof over my head, food to eat, clothes on my back, family and friends who love me, a secure college career, and most important, the love and salvation of Jesus Christ. While material aspects of life are important to us and to our relationships with one another, even more important is our relationship with God. As we go about our life’s journey noting the successes of others, we should remember what we have and be thankful for the gifts God gives us – especially the peace of Christ.
When we compare our lives to others, we can often feel like we have yet to achieve significant accomplishments. Hannah’s reflection offers us a moment to step back, re-examine, and choose an attitude of appreciation. As we grow and mature, our need to measure ourselves against others lessens, recognizing that our lives have been uniquely enriched. I invite you to take time to pause and remember your many blessings; more importantly, to remember the ways you blessed the lives of others.
Dear Lord, thank you for all you have given us. Help us to appreciate daily blessings as well as our salvation through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus. Amen
-- Hannah Fewell
Thought for the day:
The love of God is the source of my peace.