Devotionals
 

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 Heidi M. Johnson

Do you feel overwhelmed by what’s going on in the world?  I know I do.  We can choose to get depressed and give up OR make a difference for at least one person!  We can sit alone in our homes and bemoan the state of everything (which I have also done) OR we can think positive thoughts and pray for inspiration to help others.  When you help others, you are no longer focused on yourself and your problems.  Check on an elderly neighbor, shovel the snow off sidewalks without being asked, pay for the car behind you in the fast food lane, call to check in on family and friends on a regular basis (maybe they are feeling overwhelmed too), just do it!

1 Corinthians 12:4-6 “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit.  There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.  There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in everyone.”

Captain Tom Moore, the 99-yr-old United Kingdom man who pledged to walk 100 laps around his garden to raise money for the “heroes” at Britain’s National Health Service, achieved his goal and so much more.  Not only did he raise over $40 million in donations from around the world, but he showed that one person can make a difference--even at the ripe old age of 99!

Dr. Deneese L Jones (associate professor at U.K.) wrote a devotional reading titled “Faith for Positive Change” which I found in my Women’s Devotional Bible 2.  She talked about “having this kind of faith means being active, not sitting back bemoaning life and waiting for change.  It means loving and believing in ourselves and using the transforming power of God’s Holy Spirit to move our lives forward.”

To finish, I’ll share one of my favorite stories:  The Starfish Story  
(Original Story by: Loren Eisley)

One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean.  Approaching the boy, he asked, “What are you doing?”  The youth replied, “Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.”

“Son,” the man said, “don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can’t make a difference!”  After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it back into the surf.

Then, smiling at the man, he said…..“I made a difference for that one.”

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Mary Naylor

Thanks Heidi. We all need to be reminded of the little things we can do to make a difference. I’ve seen the starfish story before but was happy to read it again. It’s very powerful.


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Danelle Buelsing

Heidi, the Starfish Story is one of my favorites, too! I liked all of your examples of people finding ways to do what they can to make a difference. Thank you!

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