Read Nehemiah 8:1-9 I’ve noticed that enough is never enough. In sports, every athlete talks about how the highest goal is to win a championship. But, after they win one, everyone immediately talks about whether or not they can repeat. Everyone says that, if they could just make a little more money, than they’d be set. But, after people make a little bit more money, they just wish they could make a little more still. In our world, we rarely stop long enough to enjoy where we are and what we do have. When Nehemiah returned to Jerusalem, he found more than just broken walls. He also found broken people. Even though Nehemiah had rallied the people together to rebuild the walls, there was still alot of work to be done. Nehemiah gathered the people together to read God’s law. At first, the people wept because, after hearing God’s word, they realized they didn’t measure up. There was still so much to do. But, Nehemiah told them not to weep. He didn’t want them always focusing on how far they still had to go. Instead, Nehemiah wanted them to celebrate how far they had already come. We’re all works in progress. When compared to God’s standard for us, none of us measure up. There’s still work to be done and sacrifices to be made. However, God still wants us to celebrate the progress He’s made in our lives. If we only focus on celebrating ourselves, we miss out on the sacrifices we must make to become who God has created us to be. But, if we only focus on sacrifice, we will miss the joy God has for us in celebrating how far we’ve already come. Don’t focus too much either way on just how much farther you need to go or on how far you’ve come. Instead, make the sacrifices needed to chase after the life God has created you to live while stopping along the way to celebrate where God has already brought you. REFLECT: Spend a few minutes today reflecting back on where you’ve been in your life and how far you’ve come. Even if you are facing difficult times right now, think about the good things you do have in your life. Write out some things you’ve seen God do that you can celebrate today. PRAY: In your prayer time today thank God for how far He’s already taken you in your life. Praise Him for being good to you, and ask Him to help you going forward to be willing to sacrifice and do what it takes to get to where He wants you to be in the future. // TWO-A-DAYS // GO A LITTLE FARTHER WITH YOUR DAILY DEVOTIONS // Go through these questions with your spouse, kids, or friend, or you can even journal about the answers to these questions:
- What was the best part of your day?
- What was the toughest part of your day?
- Where did you mess up today?
- Where did you see God today?