“All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” John 6:37
Today’s Christian daily devotional
“I only got five minutes until lunch, this better be good.” I overheard the conversation through the crack in the sliding office door.
“Oh, don’t worry. I wouldn’t have gone through the trouble to recommend her if she wasn’t. Julia is the current Miss Petite Illinois.” My roommate Cindy is doing a good job hiding her insecurity. I hear her laugh and I am picturing her face tossed back as she does it. I know when Cindy is laughing for real and when her nerves are taking over. This time her laugh reveals raw nerves.
The door opens and her stiff smile beckons me to go inside.
“Hi. I’m Julia. Thanks so much for taking the time to meet with me. I know this is not your usual casting day.” I speak as I am walking, knowing that I have very little time to win this agent over.
A receding hairline turns to up to look at me. His beady eyes stare through me with crude skepticism behind thick horn-rimmed glasses.
“This is not usual casting at all. I don’t see anyone on personal recommendations—ever. But, I bent the rules for Cindy, she is my new protégé.” He nods his head towards my statuesque roommate and motions us both to sit.
“So, what do you expect me to do for you?” His tone is as blunt as his curt words.
“I’m sorry?” I was taken aback and I needed a second to get my bearings straight.
“Well, your photos look great. But, your only five feet tall; what am I supposed to do with that?” He tossed my photo and resume into a pile with a careless flick.
“We are a high fashion agency. We have strict restrictions. Cindy, I am disappointed that you would even waste my time. You know what we expect.” He chided her as if she were five.
Cindy looked down at the mahogany desk and fiddled with the strap of her purse.
I clenched my stomach as I forced a smile, not remembering the words that came out of my cottonmouth. I only had one goal—to get out of that office as quick as I could.
When we stepped onto the busy Chicago street, the noise of traffic was a comfort to me. It was a nice distraction from the voices of insecurity that were now deafening. Once again, it was confirmed—I was just not good enough.
In John 6:37, Jesus promises that he has no restrictions on accepting anybody. The only ones who are excluded from this are the people who will not open their hearts to His invitation. God is certainly above all of us, but that won’t stop His grace from touching every broken heart that is willing to reach out to Him.
“Dear Heavenly Father,
I have been so insecure and so hungry for approval. This has caused me to reach out and cover my wounds with the very things and people who only burned me worse.
Lord, the damage to my heart runs deep. Everyday I wake with the scars of yesterday that make me feel like life will never get better for me.
Today, I am going to reject those lies and stand on the truth of your word. In John 6:37 it says that you will accept anyone who comes to you. I am here, Lord.
Broken, repentant, remorseful and saddened that I did not come for your healing love sooner.
Lord, only you can heal me. I accept all the love you have to give me and I promise to let your love flow through me freely. I will recognize the pain of others because I have been through pain myself.
I will extend mercy, kindness, acceptance and love as freely as you have given those very things to me. In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.”
Thank you for reading today’s Christian daily devotional on verses: John 6:37
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Author: Julia Shalom Jordan