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PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Jun
09

Still Brings Success

Rod Shimabukuro

Scripture
"If the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed but skill will bring success." (Ecclesiastes 9:10)
Observation
Chopping wood requires a sharpened axe, strength and skill. Being uncoordinated handling an axe can mean danger for the chopper!!

As I watched a lot of in line roller hockey with our New Hope Teams playing in the Regional Tournament this past weekend, I saw players of all calibers. Sharp puck handling with strong skating and slap shots mixed with individual and team skill made the difference for the winners.

In the Christian life, I could have sharp tools and resources, be strong in spirit, but lack success because my skill level is lacking. Sometimes Christians deemphasize skill level, natural ability and talent - defeating the purpose of God's design for us to succeed in certain areas of life.
Application
This morning, I know I want to be have "sharpened" resources and tools to live in a pleasing way to the Lord. I desire to be strong in heart, mind, spirit and body to fulfill God's plan and purpose for my life.

All of this speaks towards living a disciplined, balanced and purposeful life.

The clincher for me...where I am skilled? What areas of my life do I need to develop skill to be successful in God's kingdom? What areas of my life efforts do I need to deemphasize, so to not waste valuable time? If I'm not skilled in areas I'm working hard at, I will not be successful.

Three areas I need to sharpen my axe to become more skilled. As a husband, father and pastor/teacher.
Prayer
Lord - Thanks for the speaking to me about sharpening my skills as a husband, father and pastor/leader. Help me to develop areas of listening, disciplines and communication --- especially at home
Love you tons!

Devotions for June 09

Ecclesiastes 10,11,12
Psalms 94
Ephesians 5

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