Welcome to the daily devotional we have. This is a learning process for me as I go along and I hope you can join me. I will pick a devotional on www.bible.com (feel free to go there and pick the same reading plan) and be posting the verse(s), devotional, and my own personal commentary. Feel free to leave your own commentary in the comments as I would love to read your guys thoughts. Also, I will have a video that relates to the devotional.
This devotional is titled “Living With Integrity”. It is 7 days long. I use the ESV bible but feel free to use the version of your choosing.
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”
If your boss offered to raise your salary by several million dollars, what would you do with the money? For many, the answer to that question might range from paying bills to buying a new car to taking that long-awaited vacation. Or perhaps the motive would be more altruistic: give some to charity or to the Church, or start a program to benefit the less fortunate.
Now, depending on the circumstances, any or all of these ideas could be appropriate. One thing’s for sure, though: how we answer reveals a lot about our character. Which is what makes one professional quarterback’s response to that very question so inspiring.
Having just been awarded a jaw-dropping, multi-million dollar contract – even by NFL standards – his answer to a reporter who asked what he was going to do with the money was this: “I’m going to earn it.” I like that. No arrogant tone, as if everyone owed him something, just an attitude of responsibility to himself, to his teammates, and to the organization he represented, to do his job in a manner worthy of the trust they placed in him.
Too often, success is defined by how much we can get, rather than our attitude toward what we already have. Our mindset should be to “earn it.” Obviously, we don’t “earn” the gifts God gives us – He offers them freely. I’m referring to exhibiting an attitude worthy of the trust we’ve been given. In other words, whatever our blessings – a marriage, children, a job, or even material possessions – we should respond to His gifts with a deep sense of gratitude for all He has blessed us with and faithfulness to the things He’s given us to do.
I may be in the minority here, but I would use that money to make my own film. With me in charge of the whole creative process, I can make it how I want. Now that is just me and what I want to do in life though. For many others it would be a whole lot different. I think that would be a great reality show actually. Have someone think they won the lottery, then secretly film them for one or two days and see what they do with this money that they don’t actually have.