October 10 – Extravagant Generosity Daily Devotion

Day 9 – Whitewater World

Hebrews 12:2 Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in.
Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed – that
exhilarating finish in and with God – he could put up with anything along the way… (The
Message)

We live in a whitewater world. Things change so rapidly – communication systems, the
makeup of our communities, the tastes and habits of new generations, the expectations
and values of congregations, the competing claims of a secular society for our hearts and
minds. This is true in our personal and family lives as well – the phases and steps of a
marriage, the transitions of our children, the heartbreaks and hopes, deaths and births,
losses and gains, brokenness and reconciliation. Unceasing motion. We live fastforward
lives. Life pushes us along, and sometimes there seems little we can do. We
can’t stop learning, growing, changing, adapting, and giving our best. It’s by rethinking
things, praying anew each day, and by constantly recommitting to the right things that we
embrace God’s will for us so that we are able to navigate through the whitewater world.
It’s by depending upon friends, knowing the water, and repeatedly practicing the
disciplines that keep us connected to God that we remain strong.

– What are the pressures and currents of your whitewater world?
– How do you learn, adapt, grow, and change spiritually so the currents don’t overwhelm and destroy you?