Clearly, when you have an online blog, the computer element to your work is fairly crucial!
Reference: v.39 Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” (NIV Bible)
Explore: The day I wrote this devotion I did not have access to a computer. I tried to use three different computers but I either couldn’t turn them on or didn’t have the right password. It was so frustrating! I couldn’t check my emails, I couldn’t access my work files and I couldn’t update my devotions. Clearly, when you have an online blog, the computer element to your work is fairly crucial! And so all I could do was grab a piece of paper and pen and write this devotion by hand. While it seemed so archaic at the time I do actually have the ability to write on paper. I don’t use that skill much anymore but it certainly came in handy on this day that I was computer-less.
Application: The beggar we read about in Luke 18 was blind. He could not see anything. He couldn’t see the ground he was sitting on, he couldn’t see the crowds coming towards him, and he certainly couldn’t see Jesus amongst the group of people. But rather than focussing on what he did not have he decided to use what he did have… his voice. Once he heard that Jesus was coming his way he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Even when people around him told him to be quiet, he still used his ability to speak to get Jesus’ attention. Often, when we don’t have everything we want or need, we are inclined to focus on that which we don’t have, rather than on the things we do have. For half an hour I had focussed on not having a computer until I finally realised that in fact I was totally blessed as I had the ability to write. The beggar was without sight but that did not stop him from connecting with his saviour. Let’s not spend our time focussing on what we do not have but may we see ourselves as blessed for all we do have.
Prayer: Lord, so often we just want more. Help us to see the value in the things we have. Thank you for the many blessings that You give to us everyday. Amen.
Today, count your blessings.
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.
It really was refreshing as I pondered what to say in a sermon I am writing.