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Daily Devotion

by Peter McCutcheon

This is my final devotion, and I have had a blast sharing some of my stories with you. If you feel inspired to write a response or if anything stood out to you in any of the devotions from this week, feel free to reach out to me via email: pjmccutcheon99@gmail.com

Today’s story is about service. 

Piggy-backing from yesterday’s devotion, I want to make it clear that serving God is not always devotion-worthy. I’ve been going to GSLC for over 5 years now, that was just 1 crazy Sunday. I still seek God out, and still seek out a way to serve Him, even without writing checks. Service is always about helping others and being the muscles and the tendons that God moves to spread His love. 

I have only been on one mission trip, to West Virginia, and it was difficult for me. I did a lot of work, from building a wheelchair ramp to exterior work on the home of a widow and working with local VBS groups. But how is that different from any handyman or summer volunteer? The “God Part” that I was missing in that mission trip was the ability to share and bear witness to God’s love. 

Now, almost a decade since I went to West Virginia, I serve God very differently. At Good Shepherd, playing music and writing music and helping out with VBS and whatever is thrown at me, I can feel that human connection. Although Lutherans may be too shy to clap during or after a song on Sunday morning, the congregation is bold to call me brother and friend, thanking me for playing that week or the week before. I see Jesus in their faces, since I know He hears me too and hopefully is glad. 

Outside of church, my calling to serve God through connection has determined my career path. Most of my colleagues at the College-Conservatory of Music at UC are striving for performance careers, putting many hours of practice for the chance to be in a professional ensemble, and I commend them for it. On the other hand, I have invested more and more in music education. I have been teaching little bass players for 6 years now, and I know that the joy we share in lessons is God-given. Without teaching Scripture or praying before a lesson (because that would be a little out of place), there is still room for Jesus in how I teach. If being a Christian means sharing God’s love with the world, I feel called to find a way to share that love in everything that I do. From practicing music with my students or writing emails to their parents, I pray that I can be a strong conductor of God’s love everyday. Amen.

 

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Mary Montgomery

Peter, enjoyed all your devotions this week. You are an inspiration!!


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Marlyn Seehafer

Thanks Peter for your devotion writings this week. I'm glad that you are an active participant not only in the music program at 9:30 ( we are Sat . night attendees) but also the Edge programs. You certainly have found a home at GSLC and we are so pleased to have you with us in spreading God's message.

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