Each week we like to share a devotional that is written by one of our partners at ONE.  This week’s devotional is presented by Michelle Reid and is called, “It”s Mine And You Can’t Have It.”The Word: And He told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man was very productive. And he began reasoning to himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops?’ Then he said, ‘This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry. But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?’ So is the man who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.” Luke 12:16-21

The Story: My tiny, eight-pound Yorkie is usually very playful and even-tempered until you give him a certain chew treat. If I approach him while he has this treat he holds it tightly and issues a warning growl advising me to get away. One day as I watched him greedily try to hide the treat from me, I could not help but think to myself, ” I gave it to you! I am the only one capable of giving you more treats!” At that very moment, I realized I often become too consumed by the material gifts God has blessed me with. My desire is that my love and devotion to God will far outweigh my commitment to any earthly possession.

The Application: We need to understand that every blessing comes from God. It is unwise to focus more on the gift than on the Giver. During the next week, identify one possession you place too much emphasis on. Use the time you usually take to admire this gift to spend praying or reading the Bible.

The Reflection: What things do you hold onto too tightly? Do you spend too much time gazing into a loved one’s eyes unable to fathom how you would survive if they were ever taken from you? Do you refuse to tithe because you may not have enough left for yourself? Remember that all these blessings come from the Lord and he deserves to be honored first and foremost.

The Prayer: Lord, thank you for helping me to re-align my thought process regarding the gifts You have given. Please help me to remember that all blessings come from You. I pray that I am constantly reminded that nothing is more valuable than You. Amen!