“And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.” Luke 6:31
Today’s Christian daily devotional
“But mom, this one is my favorite…please?” I clutch the box of Coca Puffs tightly to my chest.
Without blinking, my mother loosened the box from my grasp and placed it right back on the vacant spot on the shelf.
Apparently, separating me from my love of sugar was not a major struggle for her. Wielding the cart, she strolled my brother and I right in front of the “boring” section.
“I’ll let you choose between these. She held out a box of Cheerios in one hand and Kixx in the other. Her options of blandness made no difference. If a breakfast food did not hold the appeal of added sugar or food coloring, it was of no interest to me.
My little brother, still being too young to speak, pointed his finger at the smiling boy on the Kixx box and the decision was made for me. My mom handed him the box and he quickly re-purposed it as a drum.
I puffed my bottom lip in defiance of this madness. Daniel had no clue what yumminess he just passed up. My attitude was chillier than the ice cream isle.
“Julia, you are not old enough to make good choices. I want you to eat the healthy, because I love you too much not to feed you the best.” She continued to stroll along talking to me as if I was actually listening to her.
I heard her; only because I was trying to see if she had a change of heart.
The older I get the more thankful I am that my mother went through the trouble of instilling good nutritional habits for my siblings and I.
Luke 6:31 encourages us to treat others the way we would like for them to treat us. This means looking out for their best interest. Sometimes that puts us in the uncomfortable position of being the bearer of bad news. But the lessons learned and the pain that can be averted are worth it in the end. When you invest in the ones you love, you invest in their future and build a relationship that is based on quality materials that will stand the test of time. A fair weather friend is only good when times are good, and sometimes life brings bad weather. Are you prepared for it?
“Dear Heavenly Father,
I want good things for my family, my friends and myself. Can you please help me to look out for others as carefully as I look out for myself? Help me to have wise discernment in my approach; but to always we the kind of friend who will not let the fear of what others think stop me from doing the right thing.
I want to be a steady rock of wisdom that my friends and family can count on. I am holding onto you as my rock and my guide.
In Jesus’ precious name, bless me with the gift of a self-less heart, Amen.”
Thank you for reading today’s Christian daily devotional on verses: Luke 6:31
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Author: Julia Shalom Jordan