Day 31 | CHaNGe The Way You Touch
When God breathed His life into us at creation we became living beings. The body He gave us helps us to intereact with others. God knew it wasn't good for us to be alone. Solitary confinement is one of the greatest punishments for humans, mainly because we live whilst having no contact with other people. This can also happen today by me being grossly addicted to my phone in the or spence of other people.
The ability to touch another human is amazing. Sadly, we use touch in many inappropriate ways. People have been scared, damaged and destroyed through the touch of another human. But, if we learn to change the way we touch people, this could become the greatest of healing virtues.
Husbands and wives should engage in more touch. Parents and children should embrace a loving touch. All humans should learn to embrace God through faith.
The bible says we were made from dust and one day we will return to dust. From dust to dust. I guess the burning question is, what have you added between the dust? Between life and death, birth and burial. What are we trying to add between the dust that we think will somehow add value to our lives?
We arrive naked, with nothing.
We will leave naked, with nothing.
What we do between the dust can actually be quite significant. You were made for more. You were made to be like God.
As we end this devotion on CHaNGe, my prayer is we would start a journey of RAWthenticity. That we would strip back all the things we have added between the dust, things that slow us down and hold us back. That we would run with great perseverance the race that has been marked out for us to run.
That we would be willing to CHaNGe and become everything God has intended us to become!
TIME TO THINK:
Who do you enjoy being with the most?
How can I make sure that digital devices do not distract me from building meaningful relationships with others?
Father, thank you for being present, even when I am absent. Thank you for making us in a way that means we need each other. Help me to cherish the friendships I have and serve all the people I come in contact with. Father, I want to strip away the things that hold me back. The things that slow me down. Help me live a life that please You. In Jesus name. Amen.
Genesis 3:19 NLT
“By the sweat of your brow will you have food to eat until you return to the ground from which you were made. For you were made from dust, and to dust you will return.””
Hebrews 12:1-2 NLT
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.”
Joel 2:13-14 MSG
“Change your life, not just your clothes. Come back to GOD, your God. And here’s why: God is kind and merciful. He takes a deep breath, puts up with a lot, This most patient God, extravagant in love, always ready to cancel catastrophe. Who knows? Maybe he’ll do it now, maybe he’ll turn around and show pity. Maybe, when all’s said and done, there’ll be blessings full and robust for your GOD!”