December 13, 2019 Daily Devotion

The reading for today is 2 Peter 3:18

“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.”

One of my favorite movies, "National Treasure" the main character reads a line from the Declaration of Independence and his friend says, "People just don't talk like that anymore." That's my reaction to this verse. We don't communicate like that anymore. What an amazing goodbye! It really sums up what Peter wished for us, Christ's followers. It's what we continue to wish for ourselves and our fellow Christians. Today we want everything to be super short and to the point. Case in point, text messages:

"K' "Sup?" "LOL"

Or, the Christian version:

"WWJD?" "Thoughts and Prayers" "God Bless."

All good intentions, of course. My point is this, words matter. When you really want to express, try to slow down and empathize. What would you want to hear in this situation. Those extra heart felt words, especially in expression of sympathy mean so much more. It gives that personal touch, just as Peter's closing does in today's verse. That's all my friends. "GIG & KOOLASJC!"

Dear Lord, give me patience to open my heart to you before I speak or write. Only you know the exact words to encourage, comfort and uplift. Put your words in my mouth or on my fingers as I type. Use me as you will, to help and touch others. Amen.

Connie Simmonds

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