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Daily Devotionals

Day 32 – Issue 18

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Be Still Know

Colossians 3:4 NLT

‘And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.’

As we get older we reflect upon the life we’ve led. For many there is a sense of disappointment over how they’ve navigated life. We each carry disappointments over lost opportunities and poor choices made. There’s also at times a need to present past accomplishments as if they carry significance beyond the moment of their occurrence. We yearn for a sense of history and purpose that goes beyond our limited mortality.

While my initial approach to ministry was in pursuit of significance, I was fortunate to be involved in the launch of Spring Harvest, the revival of the Evangelical Alliance UK as well as working alongside a dynamic team leading a local church. I received more than adequate acknowledgement and when life’s demands meant I had to step away and become a carer, I did so with a sense of having made a suitable and useful contribution to what were important agendas at that time, ones that are now appropriately consigned to history and which I never reflect on.

I struggled with the role of carer, principally because what I assumed would come naturally to me was, in fact, not in my gift mix. So caring was hard graft and I cared out of a sense of dutiful responsibility. This took nothing away from the deep love I had for Katey, and I learned about persevering in something that didn’t seem to fit me. I had to work at it daily.

Slowly I realised that I was comfortable journeying quietly through life. I also came to the recognition that all I might claim to have achieved was no more than a projection of my own fractured self until and unless I recognised that each milestone was an expression of who God was in me and me in God. The significance was little to do with the objective reality of task or accomplishment, yet everything to do with revealing something of the grace of God in the world.

QUESTION: How do you reflect upon your past? Are you still in search of significance? Or are you haunted with thoughts of what might have been?

PRAYER: Lord, may the works of my life not be done out of selfish ambition but for the glory of Christ.

Written by: Miriam Emenike

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