Devotionals are short essays written by GSLC members and staff that explore the ways the Holy Spirit works within our every day lives.  There are several ways we invite you to use these devotionals:

  • Make them a part of a prayer practice - read a devotion and consider the ways that Christ has worked similarly in your life or works in unexpected ways.
  • Make them a part of a journaling practice - read a devotion and journal about what the Holy Spirit is stirring in you as you reflect on the essay.
  • Use them as a reminder that God works in all things, the bad and the good.

With over 400 available devotions, you can use these daily, weekly, or monthly.  It's up to you!  We just hope that by reading these inspiring stories provided by Good Shepherd's flock you are able to better see where Jesus is present in all things!  Thank you to all of our members that have provided devotionals throughout the past couple of years!

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Daily Devotion

by Scott Puthoff

And he said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.’ Immediately they left their nets and followed him.” - Matthew 4: 19-20

It is an odd feeling of being at work with nothing to do.  This was the position I was in on December 2nd, 2020 as I sat at my desk looking out the window.  It was my last day working for Hamilton County Public Health, an organization I had given over 14 years to.  I was over half-way to retirement.  I had good benefits.  I had job security.  I was walking away from all of it for a newly created position as the Director of Online Ministry at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.  What the heck was I doing?

I had wrestled with leaving the Health Department for nearly four years.  I did not want to give up my salary, benefits, or stability.  I was unhappy, but I thought I could make it work until retirement.  I couldn’t.  I felt trapped.  I had developed anxiety so bad that I could barely speak on the phone to people.  I was struggling mightily.  All signs pointed to me making a change, I just didn’t want to see them.

We all have nets that are weighing us down – things we need to leave behind in order to follow Jesus.  For Peter and Andrew, it was their fishing nets.  For the Rich Young Man in Matthew 19, it was his possessions.  For me, it was seeking the approval of others.  Once I was less concerned about the opinion of others, and more concerned about living a life that honored who I was, I was able to see my path more clearly.  

The end result of leaving those nets behind is not to work in ministry, although that’s where I’ve landed.  And it’s not to say that the journey is over, because it’s not.  I will likely be leaving nets behind for the rest of my life; the work of becoming a disciple of Jesus is never over.  I just hope that if you feel trapped like I did, that you can find the nets that you are carrying around.  And I hope that you are able to leave some of those nets behind today, tomorrow, or whenever you able to put them down.

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Very powerful. Thanks for sharing (and inspiring)!

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Sharon Feldstein

Thanks for sharing your struggle with leaving something sure, secure to follow your heart. It is hard, but worth the struggle.

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Chris Nagle

Thanks for sharing this and for the vulnerability. A lot I can personally take away from this (feeling trapped in certain areas of my life).

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Ron Schapp

Thanks for sharing. I have experienced that every day is a day to learn and each experience prepares us for the next step that the Lord leads us thru

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