All Your Heart: A Devotional

“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and all your strength.”

Luke 10:27

One of my pet peeves is when kids at church or school worship with less than half their heart. They snicker when the movements get crazy and limply wave their hands, caring only about being ‘cool’ to their peers.

These kids forget that when they worship, they are worshipping God! Whenever I see this type of kid, I want to ask them, “Is that all you’ve got for Jesus?”

I care about what other people think of me, but not to the extent where the quality of glory I give Jesus suffers! I want to worship God with my whole heart – not just slightly waving arms and mumbling voices.

I will give thanks to You, O Lord my God, with all my heart, and will glorify Your name forever.

Psalms 9:1

Sometimes, you might not know the words, and that’s okay! Sometimes, you might not know the dances, and that’s okay! Maybe you’re even hurt and can’t move as fully as you’d like. This is all okay!

What matters is that you give your very best to Jesus! If anyone ever makes fun of you for worshipping, (which I doubt would happen), just comeback with what David said in 2 Samuel 6:21-22:

I will celebrate before the LORD. I will become even more undignified than this.

2 Samuel 6:21-22

BOOM.

What are your thoughts on worship? Do you believe that you need to worship God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength?

Emmie



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Is Sarcasm A Good Idea?

Hello, lovelies! Today I’m sharing a verse that just might change your mind about sarcasm. Here is 2 Corinthians 1:17-19:

17 Do you think that I made these plans without really thinking? Or maybe you think I make plans as the world does, saying yes and no at the same time.18 But if you can believe God, then you can believe that what we tell you is never both yes and no. 19 The Son of God, Jesus Christ, the one that Silas, Timothy, and I told you about was not yes and no. In Christ it has always been yes.

-2 Corinthians 1:17-19 (ERV)

When we are sarcastic it can be misleading, confusing, and even hurtful. For instance a friend might say: “Wow, that dress does sooo not make you look like an elephant.” That person took a compliment, twisted it up, and made it into the exact opposite: an insult. You might reply with a cheerful “Thanks!” before you realized that statement was meant to attack you! That’s embarrassing, right?

Definitely! As Christians, we want to be nice to everyone:

31 Do for others what you want them to do for you.

Luke 6:31 (ERV)

So insulting someone is bad in itself. But twisting it up in to a compliment? That’s even worse! Some may argue that being sarcastic doesn’t always have to be mean. That’s true in some cases, but not most. Even if someone who is being sarcastic isn’t meaning to be hurtful, it can come across as misleading, mean, and confusing.

Bottom line: Sarcasm is NOT a good idea!

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