Daily Devotional

Go for the gold

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Jesus said, “[The Spirit of truth] will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you.”

- John 16:14 (NRSV)

When I was 21, my best friend, Tim, and I got summer jobs in Skagway, Alaska. We’d been dating for several months, so I was delighted when he proposed and slipped a gold-nugget ring on my finger. A few months later, we were married.

As prospectors carefully sift out the grit so that they can extract gold nuggets, we had a lot of filtering to do. Soon after Tim and I married, we argued about many things. For one, Tim draws his energy from being alone while I am outgoing and crave time with friends. The differences between us made me frustrated and angry.

As I came to know God better, I began to appreciate how God values me and my talents. I decided to value Tim in the same way. I complimented him on his abilities, such as writing computer software and being a good listener for our three children. Each day, my prayers and my growing relationship with God drew Tim and me closer as well. When we choose to find goodness in our loved ones, negativity falls away. In the process, we can extend an authentic display of God’s accepting nature to those we love.

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