Great Plains Daily Devotional for 7/14/2022

Today please be in prayer for

Iola: Wesley UMC
Five Rivers District
Kincaid Selma UMC
Welda UMC
Five Rivers District
LaCygne UMC
New Lancaster UMC
Five Rivers District
Lawrence: Centenary UMC
Five Rivers District

Today's Lectionary Text

John 12:26a

Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also.

Today's Devotional

One of the new developments in my family’s life over the summer is that I now have a 14-year-old!  As you can imagine, she was very excited to take driver’s education and start her driving hours!  She did great on her class and test, and now the exciting work begins—her 50 hours of practice!  Maybe you can remember learning how to drive?  My dad took me to the hilly area of Hutchinson with his truck which was a stick shift.  I remember rolling backwards down the hill as I tried to figure out the clutch!  I also can remember the fear I felt when I first met an approaching car coming from the opposite direction down the road.  I think I ended up driving into the ditch.

What I don’t remember is learning how to turn, which I have learned, through my daughter, can be challenging for first time drivers.  I have been fairly calm in helping her learn how to manage the pedals, parking, and so forth.  But every time we come to a turn, I’m a ball of nerves because it seems like she is in a race car.  If only I had a brake pedal on the passenger side of the car like I remember my driving instructor having!  As I have become more aware of all that goes into the turn, I have realized there is a finesse involved--turn signal, break, then acceleration at just the right time.  I guess in the 30+ years I have been driving, the turn is just a natural thing that I almost have forgotten how to teach.   My daughter isn’t the problem when it comes to learning how to turn, but I am.

As I have been given some space this summer to reflect about the Christian journey, I have been reminded that children, youth, and adults alike all need the walk towards knowing and loving Jesus more (their discipleship path)  also broken down into pieces.  Just as I can’t expect my daughter to know the intricacies of turning by just watching me, we can’t expect people to pick up all they need to grow spiritually by only attending worship and maybe a Bible study every now and then.  

The walk towards knowing and loving Jesus, and then serving in the world is complex, and is best worked out with intentionality and community.  Be watching as the new school year starts for tools to help you determine what new aspect of your discipleship path that you may be able to grow in.  I am excited to go on this journey with you!
-Rev. Dr. Kim Dickerson-Oard
Wichita East Heights UMC

Prayer for Reflection

O God, please show us the ways that we can grow in our discipleship pathway.  Help us be humble enough to acknowledge we need you as well as other mentors around us to teach us and show us the way.  As we turn to scripture, may we hear it anew and make it a part of our daily lives.  And, when opportunities arise, may we serve and share our faith with others.  Amen.


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