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Monday, August 26, 2013

What are you devoted to?

"They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer." - Acts 2:42

What are you devoted to? It is a a good question? I know I am devoted to God. I am devoted to my wife. I am devoted to my children. I am also devoted to living and I fight anything that hinders living. I am devoted to not being sick. I am devoted to a great deal more than I am probably willing to admit. 

Can you imagine a life without devotion? No commitment, no follow-through, no grounding in what really matters. Maybe that’s how you live – losing your center in the face of compelling people and situations, not taking the time to reflect on what is important to you. You might be a person that is blown about by the wind.

So my question remains: What are you devoted to?

As I reflect on what it is to not be devoted, I discover that I love devotion. When you are devoted to something, your life is transformed. You begin orienting your activities toward what you really want. Doubt and confusion diminish, as you always have a benchmark to refer to. People and circumstances that no longer fit fall away. Devotion is not for sissies. It takes a surrender of your personal wants and desires into something that holds greater meaning for you. It oozes passion and longing. You might even say that you form a love affair with whatever you are devoted to. You show commitment, dedication, loyalty, reverence, and sincerity.

I recall a teaching many years ago that transformed my attitude towards devotion and being devoted. It was: "The next time you have breakfast and have bacon and eggs, you can know the difference between contributing and devotion. The Chicken contributed to your breakfast. The Pig was devoted to your breakfast." It is a truth that transforms my attitude and my action. I want to be one that is willing to give my life for that which I am devoted.

Join me in being totally devoted...I am devoted to God, to my wife, to my children, to God's Kingdom, and to living a transformational life...I want to be known that I am totally devoted to you as well. So, what are you devoted to?

 You know I love ya, Don

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