Great Plains Daily Devotional for 1/30/2020

Today please be in prayer for

Louisville, NE First UMC
Missouri River District
Mynard Liberty UMC
Missouri River District
Nebraska City First UMC
Missouri River District
Omaha Clair Memorial UMC
Missouri River District

Today's Lectionary Text

Hebrews 10:24-25 

And let us consider each other carefully for the purpose of sparking love and good deeds. Don’t stop meeting together with other believers, which some people have gotten into the habit of doing. Instead, encourage each other, especially as you see the day drawing near.

Today's Devotional

One of the things I have taken notice of over the past couple of months is people seem to not be motivated. I keep hearing, “we just need to wait and see," “that’s not for us," “why should I try that?," “it’s just another thing to do.” Driving back from Nebraska last week I was pondering these words that I’ve heard. As the sky begin to darken at the end of the day, I found myself asking God, “is that the problem … our lives and motivation have darkened, like the end of the day?"

I was returning from meetings with our Disaster Case Managers, Orders & Fellowship, and the Nebraska Governor’s Recovery Task Force Meeting, and my mind was shooting off in so many directions. So much happening on all paths! Homes still needing much work, projection of “widespread record flooding for this spring” (National Weather Service and Nebraska State Office of Climate), Asset-Based Community Development, Readiness 360, Fresh Expressions, Disaster Early Response Trainings, Connecting Neighbors, Active Shooter Awareness Training, Until Help Arrives, Stop the Bleed Trainings, Great Plains & UMCOR Disaster Response Training.

Motivation – as I continued my drive, a white van pulled up next to me, rolled down their windows and the passengers started waving to me. I rolled down my window and waved back. I have no clue who they were, just figured they recognized the Great Plains United Methodist Disaster Response logo on the truck and were just being nice. Motivation – just as a small raw of sunshine appeared for a very brief moment, I was renewed. All of the needs, words, programs, meetings reminded me of the passion God has given me for this ministry and for the Great Plains Conference. All of those “things” that carried me down so many paths of wondering, are tools. Tools to make disciples for Jesus Christ – now that is motivation!
-Rev. Hollie Tapley
Disaster Response Coordinator

Prayer for Reflection

Creator God, empower us to motivate each other for Your work. It’s all about You! Amen.


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