Today: Don't be a snob.

You’ll miss the party if you’re too good to come.

Luke 15:25-32
“Meanwhile, the older son was in the fields working. When he returned home, he heard music and dancing in the house, and he asked one of the servants what was going on. ‘Your brother is back,’ he was told, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf. We are celebrating because of his safe return.’ 

“The older brother was angry and wouldn’t go in. His father came out and begged him, but he replied, ‘All these years I’ve slaved for you and never once refused to do a single thing you told me to. And in all that time you never gave me even one young goat for a feast with my friends. Yet when this son of yours comes back after squandering your money on prostitutes, you celebrate by killing the fattened calf!’ 

“His father said to him, ‘Look, dear son, you have always stayed by me, and everything I have is yours. We had to celebrate this happy day. For your brother was dead and has come back to life! He was lost, but now he is found!’ ”

What things in your life are you proud of? Are these the overflow of God’s love or are they brownie points? God is more interested in the heart behind your deeds than the deeds themselves.

The Prayer to Let God Love You

Dear God, I receive your love right now, just as I am.

  1. Sandra Snider 4 months ago

    Where does a positive sense of self come from? I think it is the result of good parenting and a happy childhood. When parents ridicule and tongue lash a child, he gets a bad self image. And that makes life tough!
    It is such a comfort to know we don’t have to be good to receive our Heavenly Fathers love!

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      Maury 4 months ago

      Right on, mom! And thank you for a happy childhood and all the positive reinforcement. One of the reasons it’s easy for me to believe in a God of love is that you showed me what that looks like.

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