Saturday, December 15
One time, a man was asked if he could play the violin. He surprised his friend when he answered, "I don't know. I've never tried." His answer was very wise and teaches us a good lesson.
15 Be very careful, then, how you live-not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is.
There are many times when we assume things are beyond our abilities or we convince ourselves that things won't turn out well. And so, we don't bother trying, and we miss an opportunity.
For example, what about inviting friends to join you at a youth group activity? Do you just assume your friend isn't interested? Are you convinced your friend will just say no--or even worse, make fun of you for asking? Do you somehow know it won't turn out well and just skip it?
The fact is it's a little scary to invite friends to church activities. But the other fact is that when we don't, it's a missed opportunity. Today's Scripture would have us not waste that opportunity.
Think of two friends who you could invite to be a part of your group and write their names here:
Now, pray for the opportunity to invite them to join in and for the courage to seize this opportunity. Pray for this for the next several days. Cut out your friends' names and tape them on your mirror or someplace where you'll remember to pray for them and the opportunity to invite them.
If today's devotion spoke to you in a particular way and you feel led to share your thoughts with others, please do so.
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