Daily Devotion – Running to Win
The Bible clearly teaches that selfish ambition is wrong. Ambition is good and can be healthy in fact, but that little word “selfish” changes the game.
Competition can lead us to be the best we can be, or it can lead us to pride. The choice is ours, really–if our goal is to elevate ourselves above others, we’re running in vain.
Max Lucado writes, “His yardstick for measuring faithfulness is how faithful you are with your own gifts. You are not responsible for the nature of your gift. But you are responsible for how you use it.”
And so we run, using our God-given gifts to the best of our ability. We run, to fulfill God’s purpose within us.
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Read “The Parable of the Talents” found in Matthew 25:14-30. This parable is a strong reminder to use the gifts and abilities God gives us to the best of our ability.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. (Philippians 2:3-4, 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 Fitness. Reshaping 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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I LOVE these Scattered Seeds!!!!!
I want to thank you for “scattered seeds“. I’ve been using them lately for my evening devotions and I am amazed at how each one has spoken and touched my heart. I have been going through so very much the past several months and I’m just amazed at how much encouragement I have found through your posts. And especially today’s post. I have a brother who is an alcoholic and we just recently discovered he’s got cirrhosis of the liver. Part of his liver is still good and functioning normally, But he needs to take serious care of himself, including not taking in the alcohol at all. He just came home from the hospital today and is looking better and he’s determined to fight this battle. He seems to be putting his faith more in God. But I know that we need to be there for him as a family because this isn’t going to be easy. I feel like God has given me the gift of encouragement and I know that I need to be here for my brother. But for some reason I shy away from any type of confrontation, even mild ones. I would ask that, first and foremost, you would pray for my brother so that he can beat this with God’s help and that this will make him draw closer to God. Secondly, I ask that you would pray for me so that God would help me just get over myself so I could do what He’s called me to do. Again, thank you so much for following God‘s leading in posting these “scattered seeds.“ God bless you!