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.
1 John 3:16
“By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.”
It’s not until you’re actually thrust into an impossible situation that you know for sure how you’d react. We all hope we’d do the right thing. But would we?
For her 54th birthday, Shirley Dygert went skydiving. At 13,000 feet, Shirley and her instructor, Dave Hartsock, leapt from the plane. Strapped together for a tandem dive, the freefall was picture perfect. But when Dave pulled the ripcord, everything went wrong.
Their first parachute only opened partway. Then their reserve chute got tangled up with the first one. Shirley remembers thinking, “So this is how I’m going to die.” But then, only one hundred feet from the ground, Dave was able to change his position, so he would land first, breaking Shirley’s fall.
Miraculously, Dave didn’t die, but the accident left him paralyzed. In an interview, he said, “People keep telling me that it was a heroic thing to do. But in my opinion, it was just the right thing to do.”
Dave’s bravery saved Shirley’s life, but it cost him dearly. That’s often the case when we do the right thing for others. Whatever the crisis – substance abuse, an unexpected pregnancy, illness, unemployment – we often suffer alongside those we’re seeking to help. It’s the example set for us by Jesus, who Scripture describes as “familiar with our sufferings.” He rescued us in our time of deepest need even though the cost for our healing was His own suffering and death on the cross.
Obviously, the price we pay when we struggle alongside others isn’t so dire. Most often, our sacrifice is financial or emotional, or we may lose some measure of comfort or convenience. Nevertheless, the willingness to do the right thing for others despite what we may lose is our challenge. It’s also our calling and a spirit of love and compassion that God will bless.
The clip at the top of the devotional is from my favorite film, Courageous. If you have yet to see the movie then this is a spoiler of that scene. You have been warned.
Javier is tested by his boss, unknowingly, to see if he is honest. The scene is powerful as Javier believes his job is on the line. You can see the struggle as he talks to his wife. Of course he ends up making the right call, no matter the consequences. He shows his true character and sure enough it was the right call. I must admit that after this movie I made the life change to be honest. No matter what I do, I don’t want to be known as a liar and untrustworthy. I refuse to shoot myself in the foot by avoiding the seemingly easy way out of things.