Freedom in Forgetting Self

Though it might not always feel like it, jobs are a blessing. Our work allows us to utilize God-given talents, provide for our families, and grow both personally and professionally. See 1 Corinthians 10:31. However, when we feel overlooked or sense that our contributions aren’t valued, emotions like anger or envy get in the way. What should be a source of delight and fulfillment becomes drudgery we avoid at all costs.

The trouble starts when we think of ourselves as individuals rather than as members of the community. We are here to serve and help one another, after all – not to be served (Matthew 20:20-28). That’s why God’s Word says, “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility consider one another as more important than yourselves” (Philippians 2:3). Putting ourselves last allows us to lay petty concerns down instead of becoming defensive. Then we can experience freedom in the truest sense of the word.

The In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, December 19, 2021.


Think of the progress humanity has made when it comes to guidance. Navigation is one example – from stars to maps, to GPS. The ease with which we are guided today may make us resent the process of gaining guidance from God about life’s decisions. We want Him to direct our paths – and He will – but the means to that end involves trusting Him, leaning on Him instead of our own understanding, and acknowledging Him in all our ways. Those are not “click here for directions” instructions, but disciplines we develop over time. God’s guidance is a fruit of our intimacy and faithfulness to Him. Because God is good, He gives us the gift of His guidance.

Commentary from the Turning Points magazine and devotional by David Jeremiah, October 30/31, 2021.

God’s Artistry

Revisiting some of my favorites from October 2017, when I had of fun taking photos after a rainy day.  During this time I had computer software that could only make basic adjustments. I could change a photo to monochrome, crop, and I was astonished that I could add text to images, only because I had been searching for this capability and for a while was not able to find it.  Capturing the beads of water in these was so exciting to me, because they are so beautiful.  Enjoy!