This is part of a series called “Devotionals.”

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“His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, nor His delight in the legs of a man; the Lord delights in those who fear Him, who put their hope in His unfailing love.” (Psalm 147:10-11)

Because of my naturally selfish nature, I like to show off my abilities, talents, experience, and knowledge – but the above text reminds me that doing so is wrong.

It’s worldly – society wants me to believe that bragging is the best or only way to “get ahead.” It’s possible idolatry – I’m risking placing these values over God. And it’s inhibiting – by being smart and skilled, I risk feeling like I don’t need God’s help.

This also reminds me that busyness is a faith-killer. I’m busy because I’m ABLE to do a lot of things, and while I can do them, it doesn’t mean that I should. I should focus more on being AVAILABLE for Him – saying “no” to the ineffective/mediocre/unhelpful/negative tasks that He didn’t call me to do, so that I can make room to say “yes” to His inspirations; so that I can be present and enjoy His glory; and so that I can focus on loving my brothers and sisters in Christ.

“For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.” (2 Chron. 16:9a)

Lord – I want Your strength – the kind that lasts, and that that allows me to scale mountains and seas. Help me increase my commitment to You so that I am 110% living according to Your will.

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