Scattered Seeds

Daily Devotion – What are We Living For, if Not for Christ?

I went for a ride today. Not a long drive. Just long enough to pick up some bread, grab an iced cappuccino, and get my car stuck in the driveway. Who gets their car stuck in the driveway when all of the snow has melted away? I’ll tell you who–me.

My daughter had parked her truck in the way. And so, as I was trying to give her extra room to drive out, I drove off the cement and into the mud. It wouldn’t be a problem if we had our grass in the yard, but since we just bought the house we haven’t got to that yet.

And so there I was stuck in the mud spinning my wheels.

As I got to thinking about that today, I was reminded of life. How so many people are missing the mark, and spinning their wheels. In fact, the Bible talks about the meaningless work under the sun when Solomon wrote,

Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity. What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun? (Ecclesiastes 1:2-3, KJV)

And really, what does it all mean if we have all that we want, but we’re not living for Christ? All of the people we meet, the money we save, the hard work we put in, the commandments we keep… if not for Christ, then for what?

With that, I can’t help but to be reminded of the man who knelt before Jesus in Mark chapter 10:17-22. The Bible tells us that he was a man of great wealth, who obeyed the commandments, but he was lacking one thing–faithfulness. He wasn’t willing to trade the comfort of wealth to walk in the Spirit. He wasn’t willing to deny himself and to pick up his cross. He was missing the mark and spinning his wheels.

Paul has an antidote for people like that–get out of the mud, and get back on track. Take your eyes off of this world, and keep them fixated on Christ.

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. (Colossians 3:1-2, NIV)


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Tilling the Soil

Read Mark 10:17-31.

Planting Hope

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. (Colossians 3:1-2, NIV)


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Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.

She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.

It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical FitnessReshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.

Author of more than 15 books, Darlene continues to write and to minister to her readers through her blog at TimeWarpWife.com.

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You are loved by an almighty God,

Darlene Schacht
The Time-Warp Wife