April 29, 2024 – 04/29/2024
4 – Creation and Things That Are Made
29 – Mountains

Ephesians 4:29 (NKJV): Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.


While my son, Ben, was in high school, he took a job at a grocery store. I started to get worried when Ben never had any money despite putting in long hours and frequent shifts. What was happening to his paycheck? Was the company cheating him? Down to the store we went, ready to demand answers. Prepared for a heated discussion or worse, I asked his manager why Ben didn’t ever have any money in his paycheck despite all his work. I wasn’t prepared for the answer.

“See that old woman?” the manager said, pointing to a gray-haired woman at the checkout. “She gets her Social Security check on the fifth. She gets the food she needs for the month and if it totals more than she has, your son pays the difference.” Leanna and I were stunned. 

“But that doesn’t account for nearly his whole check,” I countered, not satisfied. “Ben doesn’t pay for just her. He does it for all the elderly people who come through.” This man was speechless. Proud. Humbled. Grateful – and yes, unable to get any sound past the lump in my throat. When she could finally speak, Leanna looked at me and said, “Now, where did he learn that?” 

My kids don’t talk about the toys they never had or the places we were never able to take them. They talk about the people we helped and the miracles we witnessed by just looking after the outcasts of this hard life here on planet Earth. Jesus’ sacrifice of His life for me and you is enough. We don’t have to work for it or earn it. We just have to accept it. Let’s remember that with God, enough truly is enough.

Declaration: I will lay down my life for others as Jesus laid down His life for me.