“Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples; and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world come. Wherefore let him that standeth take heed lest he fall.” 1 Corinthians 10:10-12
Today’s Christian daily devotional
“I’m so lucky I’ve got asthma. I can’t stand gym class.” Bethany swung her chubby legs across the wooden bleachers. Lying prostrate, she pointed her finger as she counted the broken light bulbs in the ceiling.
“Kickball!” Mrs. Moy’s manly voice echoed off the chipping concrete walls.
Those were just the words I dreaded hearing. After I did, I silently wished that I could ‘suffer’ with asthma just like Bethany.
Junior highers from all four corners of the gym broke off from their little cliques and started pilling up around Mrs. Moy.
“Time to pick teams!” With her stout feet spread wide, she spun the ball on her index finger as if she were a Laker.
My stomached churned to the rhythm of her spinning.
“The team captains are…” Mrs. Moy lifted her brows capturing the attention of our restless group.
“Romeo and Jennifer.” Tossing the ball to Jennifer, she stepped aside giving the team captains the floor.
Jenny has been one of my best friends since grade school. Although I was probably the worst kickball player in the class, I was hoping to make the cut for political reasons, not my performance abilities.
Each team captain called out their picks until only the worst of the worst players were left standing.
What a sad looking crew we were; just a smattering of pigeon-toed freaks nervously eyeing each other in complete dismay.
Jenny didn’t have to call my name because I just happened to be the last person standing.
“Oh man!” She slammed the ball down. “But, I had Julia last time!” To her utter misfortune, Jenny had inherited the very worst player by default.
I felt the heat prickling my cheeks pink while trudging shamefully towards my team. A few of them backed up, giving me plenty of room to stand at a healthy distance. Apparently, there was a rumor that kickball skills could be contagious!
I’d like to think that my lack of ability had noting to do with our team’s sad defeat that day. But, after reading 1 Corinthians 10:10-12 I can’t help but wonder if the principals weaved throughout it came into play affecting our outcome.
In 1 Corinthians 10:10-12 we are warned of the dangers of having an over confident and complaining spirit. When we allow these prideful attitudes to take place, we open up the door to learning a painful lesson in humility.
You’ll never regret being humble; and on the opposite spectrum–you will never forget being humbled, either.
“Dear Heavenly Father,
Pride is something that’s so ingrained in my nature. I don’t even know where to begin to start looking for all the signs of it in my life.
All I know is that pride usually comes before a fall. Please help me steady myself so I can prevent them.
I’m asking you to help me keep a tender conscience. Help me to notice when I start murmuring and thinking I’m bigger than I actually am.
Admonish me in the privacy of my heart, so I can repent of my foolish ways and change the direction of my thoughts and actions.
In Jesus’ precious name, I know you will lead me into all wisdom. My ears are now open and willing to hear it. Amen.”
Thank you for reading today’s Christian daily devotional on verses: 1 Corinthians 10:9-12
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Author: Julia Shalom Jordan