God Can Make Something Out of You

5:22 am Wendy van Eyck 0 Comments

First this: God created the Heavens and Earth—all you see, all you don’t see. Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness. God’s Spirit brooded like a bird above the watery abyss. Genesis 1:1-2 (MSG)

Genesis 1:1-2
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Do you know anyone who has ever created something out of nothing?

I mean: nothing.

Not someone who can with a few brush strokes bring forth art. 

Not someone who can put a few stitches here and a few stitches there and come out with a dress.

I’m talking about someone who really creates out of nothing. Nada. Diddlysquat.

I don’t know anyone who has ever done that. Except for God.

Genesis tells us God created the earth out of nothing. 

Nothing Is Beyond Fixing

5:56 am Wendy van Eyck 4 Comments

You know the story of how Adam landed us in the dilemma we’re in—first sin, then death, and no one exempt from either sin or death…But Adam, who got us into this, also points ahead to the One who will get us out of it. Romans 5: 12-14 (MSG)

Nothing in your life is beyond fixing
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Do not touch.

That is all the note on my colleagues desk said. 

Normally I can walk past her desk without pausing, but when I saw that all I wanted to do was pick up that note, and see what was underneath.

I wanted to ruffle the papers in the pile and see what was so important it needed a sign.

It made me think of Adam and Eve and how they must have felt when God told them, “Do not touch that tree.” 

For a moment I understood how all they must have wanted to do was shake the branches and taste the fruit. All because they had been told not to.

I identified with Adam and Eve as I contemplated reaching out and touching the sign. 

I realized that if Eve hadn’t been the first to sin it probably would have been me.

I think that is why I love Romans 5:12 – 14. It tells us that even though Adam got us into this mess - by not being able to resist the chance to touch something he shouldn’t have - God already had a plan to work all things for good.

Small Acts Of Kindness This Christmas

2:31 am Wendy van Eyck 2 Comments

Now God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus. Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to finish! Ephesians 2:7-8 (MSG)

God's kindness is so prevalent
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It’s the small acts of kindness that so greatly touch our lives. 

I remember reading that on a pink square of paper I got as a child. 

There were two teddy bears on it and one was patching the leg of the other one. 

I’m not sure why it stayed with me but it did and often it comes back to me. 

It came back to me recently when I gave all my colleagues a small Christmas gift, and one replied saying, “Thanks for the present. I really appreciate it. In all the time I’ve worked I’ve never received a gift.”

That broke my heart. 

Tore it into pieces. 

There was nothing great about my action. 
It was small. 
It hadn’t cost much. 

And yet it touched someone’s life.

I often find myself thinking about small kindnesses in relation to God: the kindness of a sunny day or the smile of a stranger or waking up next to my husband. 

God’s kindness is so prevalent that we often miss it. (<-- Click here to tweet that)

Ever Wondered Why Birds Fly?

5:08 am Wendy van Eyck 0 Comments

{A Guest Devotional by Simon van Heerden}

Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor gather into barns and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Matthew 6:25-26 (ESV)

Wings of faith
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It seems that the birds are having all of this scripture as they soar, and sing, and majestically carry on through life.

I wish I could be like a bird with no worries or cares, but I’m not, and that’s life.

I don’t know about you but sometimes just stopping and thinking becomes too stressful because when you stop and think about “A” - the alphabet thinks it’s a royal gathering - and soon you are thinking about “B” and “C” and “D” and “F” and “G”.

I cannot help but sit and wonder what it would be like to not worry, to sit and float along knowing that today is today, and everything that matters is right here. A life of no worry or bills: Man, if only!

It happens for 2 seconds then the boss walks in, or the phone rings, and I just get sucked straight back into life, and the dream seems like an imaginary friend from childhood.

There must be something more than all of this rush and busyness.

When Your Soul Sings

5:35 am Wendy van Eyck 10 Comments

O my soul, bless God. From head to toe, I’ll bless his holy name! O my soul, bless God, don’t forget a single blessing! Psalm 103:1-2 (MSG)

I whispered to my soul
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Have you ever tried to praise God when you don’t feel like it?

I have. 

I’ve tried with all my might. Sometimes the words I’ve said have been an attempt to try and lead my heart and soul to the place where they believe. 

Other times I know that I’ve just been speaking syllables, uttering sounds that mean nothing. I’ve just been going through the motions because I don’t know what else to do.

One day I couldn’t mime my praises any longer. 

I wanted with all my being to praise God but I couldn’t bear the sound of my hollow words bouncing around again, clanging off the sounds of my depression and desperation and confusion.

So instead I whispered to my soul, so quietly I barely heard myself, “You must sing, you must be the one to praise God, you must do this even when I can’t.”

And now my soul sings. 

My soul sings how beautiful and powerful and wonderful God is even when I can’t find those words within myself. 

I can’t explain how it works. It is one of the mysteries of God that my soul can praise even when my heart and mind have nothing to offer. 

I have found that when my soul leads in praise, instead of my own words, my heart and mind respond and go running after God.

I think that is what David was doing in the Psalms sometimes. He was commanding his soul to praise when he couldn’t. Begging his soul to lead his heart and mind into worship.

We don’t always feel like praising. And that’s okay. (tweet this)

But next time why not try uttering Psalm 103:1-2 as a prayer and see where your soul leads you.

Have you prayed Psalm 103:1-2? What happened? (I’d love you to share your experiences of letting your soul pray in the comments). 

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Slow Down & Live Wonderstruck

5:43 am Wendy van Eyck 3 Comments

Are you listening? Have you noticed all this? Stop in your tracks! Take in God’s miracle wonders! Job 37:14 (MSG)

Live Wonderstruck
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In February my husband was diagnosed with cancer.

And all of a sudden our lives slowed down.

In the space of one doctor’s appointment we narrowed our focus to one thing: getting better.

Everything else we’d thought was important till then – his studies, language lessons, work and so on – suddenly became secondary to our primary focus of making sure he not only made it through chemotherapy but became healthy afterwards.

At the time it was hard to phone and cancel. 

It was awkward to turn down invitations to this event or that function but we’d identified what was important and that was slowing down.

In slowing down, I’ve realized that we haven’t really missed anything. 

Instead we’ve gained time with each other, with friends and with God. We’ve learnt how to enlarge our capacity for the beauty of life. 

We’ve slowed down enough to become wonderstruck. 

Margaret Feinberg describes being wonderstruck, as the state of becoming aware of the privilege of watching God’s creation unfold its glorious mysteries, and not wanting to miss a millisecond. (Wonderstruck, pg 3)

That Awkward Silence Where God Speaks

5:45 am Wendy van Eyck 3 Comments

{A Guest Devotional by James Prescott} 

For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from Him. Psalm 62:5 (ESV)

For God alone my soul waits
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Yesterday I watched the news and one of the presenters said something wrong - a genuine mistake - but after this there was a moment of silence. Both presenters looked at the camera. One of them said something like:

“Oh, the awkwardness of silence” 

It struck me then how little our culture values silence. 

How silence is seen as something to be avoided at all costs. 

We’ve all heard the phrase, ‘awkward silence’. But in our culture, it seems every period of silence is awkward. 

When was the last time you had an amazing silence? (<-- tweet that here)

Don't Be Afraid To Rest

6:00 am Wendy van Eyck 4 Comments

On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when he rested from all his work of creation. Genesis 2:2-3 (NLT)

Genesis 2:2-3
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I spent the day by a stream last Saturday.

I sat there doing nothing just listening to the birds sing worship in the trees and the wind whistle it’s praise through the branches.

I sat there and I thought, “I should do this more often”. 

I should put down my phone, leave my laptop at home and my to-do list on my desk and just give my soul time and space to rest, to just be with God.

I shouldn’t be so afraid to declare those quiet, restful moments as holy. 

I realized as I sat beside the rushing water that this moment of silence and solitude was as holy as any I’ve spent with a bible in hand or lending a hand to the poor.

I was throwing my hands up, saying I couldn’t do it all, and resting in the knowledge that God is in control.

I was declaring in that quiet moment that I trust God to handle my worries and fears and concerns.

In that moment of rest God was being worshipped. (<-- Click here to tweet this)

When was the last time you took time out to just let your soul rest with God? Stop and ask God to show you a moment in your schedule where you can just rest.

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Where Is God In Unknowns & Questions?

5:32 am Wendy van Eyck 4 Comments

We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us! 1 Corinthians 13:12 (MSG)

1 Corinthians 13:12 (MSG)
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My husband may or may not have cancer.

The Doctors cannot confirm whether it has reoccurred. They cannot say that he is cancer free either.

All we can do is wait and see what happens.

See if the next biopsy shows more cancerous cells.

Or if the next scan shows the lymph node returning to its normal size.

We’re living in limbo. 

Sometimes in conversation we find ourselves allowing our dreams for next year to mingle with hope and then one of us says, “If chemotherapy doesn’t happen.”

That reality tugs at us, reminding us how nothing is normal now, and that we don’t really know anything about what the future holds.

We’re living between the now and the not yet. 

We’re trying to see the future but unknowns cloud our view.

In the midst of all the unknowns we’ve found God hanging on to us, not letting us slip or fall, and we’re returning his grip, trusting that he really is in control.

Is Not Judging Enough?

4:45 am Wendy van Eyck 5 Comments

{Guest Devotional by Maria Gladwin}

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12 

God  would wrap his arms around the worst of us.
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I live in a picturesque mountain village with my family.

Even though at times life is pretty laid back here, we face challenges, as you would anywhere else, just on a different level.

Pulling up at our village supermarket for supplies, is a very predictable experience. 

There are, without fail, a few beggars that gravitate towards me as soon as I pull up the handbrake.

I have often become convicted of how I treat these men. 

How does God see them? 

How To Stop A Fight

5:18 am Wendy van Eyck 8 Comments

If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you. Proverbs 25:21-22 (NIV)

Prayer is not about me
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It’s amazing what God can teach you while cutting broccoli. 

Ever since I can remember my younger brother has been the one of those people who knows all my trigger points and can have me angry in a few seconds. 

A few years ago we shared a flat together and while I was cutting broccoli I realised that the main reason my brother and I fight is because he is essentially narcissistic and lazy. 

Problem is so am I. 

Neither of us is prepared to serve the other; we both want to be served; we both want to be the most important person in our sibling relationship. 

We are both consumed with sin.

I discovered at the time that I could prevent the quarterly fights between my brother and I. 

I realised I could change my entire attitude towards my brother if I only prayed for him instead of dwelling on how annoying I found him.

Sing a New Song

5:58 am Wendy van Eyck 1 Comments

{Guest Devotional By Renee Fisher}

“These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men.” Isaiah 29:13 (NIV)

Appreciate and thank God
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Worship should be less about pressing the play button on your iPhone and more about learning how to sing a new song.

Listening to worship music on replay feels like eating a McRib from McDonalds for every meal. It’s almost impossible to grasp the fullness of worship by listening to somebody else’s song.

Don’t you think?

David in the Psalms exclaimed over and over to sing a new song–six times to be exact.

Life Is A Gift

11:46 am Wendy van Eyck 2 Comments

Still, it's what God had in mind all along, to crush him with pain. The plan was that he give himself as an offering for sin so that he'd see life come from it - life, life, and more life. And God's plan will deeply prosper through him. Isaiah 53:10 (MSG)

Sometimes we need to slow down and thank God
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Sometimes I rush through life like it’s a competition where the first person to finish wins.

Other times I hurry through life like there is an emergency that only I can solve.

I’ve been reminded lately that life is a gift.

It’s a gift on the easy, happy, blue-sky days and it’s a gift on the days when it’s hard, depressing and cloudy.

It’s easy on the days when life isn’t wrapped up prettily to forget that life is a gift.

It’s easy to forget that Jesus hung on a cross to give us life, life and more life.

So much harder to remember that he didn’t have to do it, that he didn’t have to die so that he could live with us forever.

How Do I Know If God Is In Control?

4:45 am Wendy van Eyck 11 Comments

Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these? He who brings out their host by number, calling them all by name, by the greatness of his might, and because he is strong in power not one is missing. Isaiah 40:26 (ESV)

stars in the sky
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“There is an unusual group of cells under your right arm,” the doctor looks my husband in the eyes as he says it.

It is the second time in 10 months that we’ve heard the words there is a 50/50 chance it could be cancer. 

This was meant to be the appointment where the doctor looked my husband in the eye and told us that after 6 months of chemo he can’t find a trace of cancer. 

But that wasn’t what we heard. 

Instead we are sent to the biopsy department to find out if it’s just reactive cells or cancer.

In the biopsy waiting room I look up and an old friend I haven’t seen in four years walks in. 

She can’t believe I’m there. 

She can’t believe it because she’d just prayed, “God, I want to pray for someone to be healed today. But could you make it someone I know because it’s a little awkward when you don’t know the person.”

She flings this prayer up to God and he uses his power to make sure we’re sitting in that waiting room, at that time.

He answers her prayer and reassures our hearts that he is still holding us

Right there in the waiting room she prayed for my husband. 

I think what thrilled my heart the most is that God used us to answer her prayer and show us that he’s still there; he’s still in control.

This last year cancer has taught me many things about God and now in the midst of uncertainty I’m relearning that God is in control.

God knows the beginning and the end. (<-- Click here to tweet this)

God knows it because he flung stars in the Milky Way like chocolate chips in cookie dough. 

And if that went according to plan, and the stars still dazzle and shine for him. Then shouldn’t I trust that when God says he has the last word on our plans he really, really does, no matter what the outcome

I remind myself that if God can send an old friend to pray for us in a biopsy waiting room then he’s in control of everything else in our lives.

I remind myself that if God can fling the stars into the sky and have each one land exactly where he wants it, then being in control of all the hard stuff in my life isn’t so hard for him.

Do you believe that God is in control of your life even when you feel out of control? Does realizing that God orders the stars make you feel he can order your life?

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Four Words That Changed Me

5:29 am Wendy van Eyck 8 Comments

But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him. Romans 6:8 (MSG)

Wooden Heart
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Cancer teaches you stuff. 

It teaches you that you don’t always get what you expect in life.

Cancer teaches you stuff about yourself, about God, about love.

It’s taught me love grows like a weed. 

Love grows in places where you don’t expect it and in ground that isn’t hospitable. And when you’re think you’re done, you discover there is more.

Loving more is often the greatest gift. 

I realized this on one of the days when cancer had tried to take not only my husbands’ life, but also our joy and hope, and my good mood.

To be honest I’m not the best nurse. 

I’ve shouted at my husband at 2am when he’s throwing up for not letting me sleep and I’ve burst into tears because I have to do “everything” while he just lies in bed.

Immediately afterwards I feel bad and realize how ridiculous I am and on each of these occasions my husband hugs me, and whispers to me,
“I love you more”.

He’s not trying to win some competition in which we’re competing to see who can profess the most love for the other.

He’s simply saying that despite my temper tantrums and childish moments he loves me…more.

He loves me more than he did 3 seconds before. More than in the moments just before I lost my perfect nurse status. More than the day he said, “I do”.

Love breathes life into our relationship each time. 

I love you more: These four simple words that tell the other that whatever they have done it’s not bad enough to stop loving them. These four syllables remind us that love grows where you don’t expect it, that it can thrive in cancer wards and on honeymoons.

It’s taught me how God can say he loves me even when I’m covered in sin.

I used to think that God could only love me when I was perfect; or when I consistently did good things. But this last year I’ve learnt that isn’t true.

If my husband can love me at my worst how much more can God love us when we’re covered in our sin?

God always has more love for us. (<-- Tweet this)

And God offers it to us in the times, places and moments when we least deserve it.

Let His love come and breathe life into your relationship with him.

Has there been a moment in your life when you received love even though you knew you didn’t deserve it?

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What A Clean Slate Looks Like

12:37 am Wendy van Eyck 1 Comments

He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west. Psalm 103:2 (NLT)

Etch-a-sketch
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I was playing with an Etch-A-Sketch the other day. 

I was drawing funny faces and then wiping them away. Amazed at how with just one swipe the picture disappears.

Gone.

There is no trace of what was there. Just whiteness. There is only the opportunity to start again as if for the first time. 

You are literally given a clean slate. Over and over again. 

I don’t know when the last time you played with an Etch-a-sketch was, but one remarkable thing about it is that once you’ve wiped it clean there is nothing you can do to get the picture you’ve just cleared back. 

And you can do this as many times as you need to. 

Mess up a picture. Wipe it clean. 

Want to start again? Wipe it clean. 

This ordinary toy got me thinking about sin.

Terms And Conditions Don’t Apply

12:01 am Wendy van Eyck 4 Comments

I tell you, love your enemies. Help and give without expecting a return. You’ll never – I promise – regret it. Live out this God-created identity the way our Father lives toward us, generously and graciously, even when we’re at our worst. Our Father is Kind, you be kind. Luke 6:35-36 (MSG)

Luke 6:35-36
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There is a beggar that I see every other day. He stands right where I turn to head home after work each day. We fist bump and laugh and sometimes I hand him lunch or dinner or a snack. 

On Tuesday, this beggar asked me for money to pay for his rent.

I drove off. 

I was planning to drive off, and he knew it, so asked me to think about giving him some small change on my way back to the office so he could pay for his rent. 

I wondered if this was true. This guy always a story for why he needs some money. Sometimes it’s for a trip to visit his mother or to get a painful tooth pulled out at the dentist or for a taxi home. 

He always has a story. 

I can never tell if it’s true. 

On my way back to the office I decided I would give him some money for his rent.

I decided to give. But I’d put conditions on it. 

Tell him he has to use it for rent. That he can’t take my money and use it for food or drink or maybe even drugs.

Then I stopped. Or rather God stopped me.

How To Deal With Whatever Hard Things Come Up

3:33 am Wendy van Eyck 12 Comments

Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, & don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you with whatever hard things come up when the time comes. Matthew 6:34 (MSG)

Matthew 6:34
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This last month I've been focused on one thing:  getting a television channel going from scratch to on air in 6 weeks.

I’m leading the team and my to-do list is long and detailed. 

One moment I’m choosing channel logos, the next I’m hiring a new producer, and a few minutes later I’m writing a treatment for a new show.  

When I sit back and look at the big picture, and see how much still needs to be done, I become overwhelmed.

I see this task as impossible.

But when I focus on the next thing to be done I begin to think this channel will get on air if I just tick one task off at time.

And through it all I’m beginning to understand why Jesus spoke these words in Matthew 6:34, why he told us to give our entire attention to what God is doing right now, and not stress about what happens tomorrow. 

There is so much in our lives that we can’t control.

One thing we can control is what we focus on and what we give our attention to. (<-- Tweet This)

God Is Fighting Endlessly And Tirelessly For You

3:05 am Wendy van Eyck 14 Comments

{Guest Devotional by Jenna de Wit}

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Matthew 10: 29-31 (NIV)

Matthew 10:29-31
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As a little girl, I chose Matthew 10:29-31 as my favourite verse because it comforted me to know that I am worth so much to God and that he has a plan for my life. 

As the years went by, I got to a stage in my life where that verse was just words in a book. 

I didn’t really believe them anymore and God knew it. 

And that’s where we begin my story:

One morning, bright and early, I was woken up abruptly by a loud knock knock-knocking on my window. This alarmed me, as you can imagine, as my room is upstairs. 

What on earth was knocking on my window? 

When You Can’t Trust Your Feelings

12:22 pm Wendy van Eyck 4 Comments

Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed," says the LORD, who has compassion on you. Isaiah 54:10 (NIV)

Isaiah 54:10
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It’s been two months since my husbands last chemotherapy session. 

It will be another month before we meet with the doctor and he gives us the preliminary results of whether or not the chemo worked.

This pause, this breathing space, has given me time to reflect on the journey so far, on the ups and downs that characterized most of this year. 

It has given me time to realize that what got us through most days was the knowledge of how faithful God is.

The thing is, in the midst of cancer, or any type of hardship or suffering, it can be hard to feel God’s faithfulness.

Most days I didn’t get through on how I was feeling or what my experience of God was that day. 

Because our feelings often lie. 

I had to learn to trust my knowledge of God rather than my feelings about him.

I realize I got through on what I know to be true about who God is.

Are You Only Living 30% Of Your Life?

4:05 am Wendy van Eyck 5 Comments

{Guest Devotional by Dean Cothill}

Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.
He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?”
“No,” they answered.
He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish. John 21:4-6 (NIV)

We live in a world where most of us hate Mondays.

Hey, we live in a world where just about all of us live for the weekends. 

You know, if we only live for the weekend, we end up only living around 30% of our lives?

That’s around 20 years of a 70 year life. 

That’s not living. I want - I need - so much more. 

I imagine it was a Monday when the disciples were out fishing and did not catch a single fish all night. Such a bad Monday, that they do not even recognize their closest friend standing on the shore; a friend with whom they have shared the last three years.

Not only do they not recognize Jesus but they don’t even recognize his voice. Sound familiar?

A Dare To Be More

4:30 am Wendy van Eyck 5 Comments

Just then a woman who had hemorrhaged for twelve years slipped in from behind and lightly touched his robe. She was thinking to herself, “If I can just put a finger on his robe, I’ll get well.” Jesus turned—caught her at it. Then he reassured her: “Courage, daughter. You took a risk of faith, and now you’re well.” The woman was well from then on. Matthew 9:20-22 (MSG)

There is a sign near my desk at work that I wrote a year or so ago which says, 
“I dare to be more generous with my time, my abilities and my availability.”

I don’t see it every day, but this morning it caught my attention, and I read it as I settled in. 

I thought as I processed the words, “Yes, I want to be more generous with these things. I want to offer more of me rather then get annoyed when my time is interrupted.”

As if on cue, at that moment, someone walked in to my office and asked me for a writing pad.

I reacted with annoyance.

I wondered why they were taking advantage of me. Why they couldn’t get find their own paper? Why they didn’t just go to HR and collect their stationary?

I did a bad job of hiding my annoyance as I handed over the paper and they walked out.

But then I remembered what I’d just read and I felt ashamed.

Regretful that I failed to put my colleagues needs above my own.

Ashamed that I failed to look like Jesus.

There’s a story in the bible about Jesus being in a rush to go raise a little girl from the dead. 

While Jesus is trotting to save this small girls life another woman sneaks up behind him and touches his robe.

Jesus doesn’t react in anger.

Jesus doesn’t withhold healing from her or begrudgingly tell her that she is cured. 

Instead he stops what he is doing and offers a kind word, encouragement and healing. He offers it openhandedly and liberally. 

Jesus dared to be generous.

Not because Jesus had too but because he chose to.

Jesus chose to put her needs above his own. And she was well from then on.

As I remembered this story I thought I want to choose to be more like Jesus. 

I want to dare to be more like Jesus. (<-- Click here to tweet this)

I want to choose to be generous. 

Not because I have too but because I want to. 

And for me that begins by really living the words on that piece of paper and living generously.

Where does daring to look like Jesus begin for you? What area of your life is God challenging or daring you to be more like him in? 

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