Devo Time: How Bad Do You Want It pt. 3

Here we go...the 3rd part in this short series.  We are examining the 3 different stories that all have a common theme of "REACH."  If you haven't read the background on this, feel free to catch up here with the intro & the 1st story.  The 2nd story is about Zaccheus.  If you haven't read about him here's the story below. 

Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. 3 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. 5 When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. 7 All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.” 8 But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

So much to unpack here.  Zacchaeus was a tax collector.  They were viewed in negative way, perceived as greedy, and just bad people.  Not only that, the guy was short.  He had a few things going against him.  But that didn't stop him.  Think about it, you're at the SF Giant's parade when they won the World Series, or the Warrior Parade when they won the championships.  So many people, you're in the back because you didn't get there at the butt crack of dawn, and you're short like me (I'm 5'2.5" yes the .5 matters).  Would you climb a tree to get a glimpse of Steph or Lincecum!??  I definitely wouldn't.  What if it was Jesus? How far would you go to just see Him? 

This story is so important for a few reasons.  It doesn't matter who you are - Jesus wants you. Regardless of your background, your past, your current situation, your look, your failures - HE WANTS YOU - ALL OF YOU!  Another lesson in this is - He sees you and is not ashamed of you.  Some times we feel like..Yes God loves me - but He secretly He is ashamed of me.  That way of thinking is so far from the truth.  In the Zacchaeus story - Jesus told everyone that He was going to His house and proud of it!  Jesus loves you and wants everyone to know that He does! 

Our everyday lives is that evidence!  Scream it out on the rooftops, tell everyone that Jesus loves YOU FOR YOU!  He sees you and loves everything about you!  Don't ever forget that, and don't ever be ashamed of who you are.  Keep reaching out to Him in any situation and in any season because He wants to reach back out to you!!!  Do you relate to this story? Let me know in the comments below!! 

Better Than What We Imagined

So last night we had a girls night at the Brit & Co Holiday Pop in the Marina.  It was magical!  Holiday decor, hot cocoa, infinity room and crafts everywhere!  Of course, the girls jumped right in on the action.  There were 2 crafts to choose from; small DIY pom poms and a string wooden keychain.  I went for the keychain.  As soon as I sat down I knew my craft was going to be basic and boring.  Crafting is not my forte.  I hate following directions, and I never have enough imagination for it, but I digress.  I started to follow the instructions anyway one step at a time:

  • Step 1 - Take a 12in piece of leather string. 
  • Step 2 - Hook it on a key ring.  "Ok so far so good." 
  • Step 3 - Take a few wooden beads and tie it to the string.  "Alright, we're getting somewhere". 
  • Step 4 - Tighten, add tinsel.  "Umm, mine doesn't look like the picture anymore." 
  • Step 5 - Color the beads. "If you say so..."

This is what it's supposed to look like;




And now here is my finished product:

Brit & Co DIY Keychain

What was supposed to be one thing turned in to something completely different, but I loved the result!  As I held my pretty Mickey Mouse doughnut keychain I thought - wow, this is just like what God is trying to teach me.  We have this layout of our lives, expectations, and plans.  Sometimes you just make a detour, but the end result is something so much better than what you expected.  He has a plan for you.  A plan bigger than you can ever imagine.  Even though we can't see the end result, each step we take is just one step closer to God's calling for you.  Sometimes is just taking that next step and asking Him to guide you to the next.  You have gifts and talents specifically given to you for a specific purpose.  Start with that, you never know where it will take you.  You were created to create. I hope you are encouraged and that you lean in to His promises for you!