Great Plains Daily Devotional for 6/16/2021

Today please be in prayer for

Neosho Falls UMC
Yates Center UMC
Five Rivers District
District Superintendent
Gateway District
Great West District
Administrative Assistant
Gateway District
Great West District
Deaconess: Gering Substitute Teacher
Great West District

Today's Lectionary Text

Psalm 139:14


I thank you, God, for making me so mysteriously complex! Everything you do is marvelously breathtaking. It simply amazes me to think about it! How thoroughly you know me, Lord!
 

Today's Devotional

Serving as a Micah Corps intern over the summer has been a delight for me. One thing that has caught me off guard, however, is how often I compare myself to other people I’ve met. Not necessarily in a personal way, but more of a professional way. Where am I compared to others in getting work done? Where am I compared to others in asking interesting questions? Where am I compared to others in faith? We have been able to meet and work with so many incredible people so far, and each of them has come from different walks of life. All of these people have such an incredible way of representing their faith and who they are as God’s children.

I know that I’m not the only Christian that has ever asked the question, “Who am I?” And it’s hard to not doubt ourselves. With social media, what’s going on in the world today, and our own experiences, these all play into who we are, and when every second of our day is up to the flip of a coin, of course, there’s doubt that we’re doing something well enough or in the “right” way. In these times of doubt and discomfort with myself, I turn away from the one that will always accept and love me: God. I turn away because how could my faith and connection to God be strong while my connection to myself is broken? But turning away from God hasn’t ever helped me, and it ends up in me having to “jump-start” my faith yet again.

For me, finding this verse was finding comfort. Although this verse isn’t God speaking to us directly, it’s someone who has found hope through their faith. We can often feel discouraged when we can’t hear God talking to us directly. It’s hard to feel that disconnect. What we have to remember, is that we weren’t the first Christians to ever feel like that. We have a book full of experiences of faithful disciples that felt that they weren’t good enough like they weren’t unique, but through their faith, they realized that doing the best we can is the only thing God is asking of us, and that perfection is only necessary for love. So when you find yourself in a situation of comparison, look for the stories of people who went through the same thing, and find how they used their faith to push past. I challenge you all to ask yourself: When are times I’m nervous to be my authentic self? How can I let God into these times? What worries do I have about being my authentic self? Is there a way I could ask God for help?
-Anastasia Popham
Micah Corp Intern

apopham@nebrwesleyan.edu

Prayer for Reflection

Loving and merciful God, thank you for giving us all space to be who we are, and thank you for making us unique. We know that all too many times we forget that you created us with love and acceptance, and we turn to comparison and doubt for ourselves. Help us to turn to you in times of struggle, weakness, and comparison so that we can remember it’s okay for us to be exactly where we are in life and that we will always have you to accept and love us. We pray this in your son, Jesus Christ’s name, Amen.
 

 

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