TITLE: Real Value
DATE: September 13, 2019
TEXT:. TEXT: Ephesians 2:8-9 – ESV - 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Steven Nelms is a practical man.
When he got married to Gloriana (Glory), 3-years ago, they decided it made sense for her to work and finish putting him through College.
When she became pregnant they decided that since Glory’s salary would just about pay for child support she would stay at home and be a full time Mother.
This couple made the difficult decision that once their son was born, his wife (the mom) would stay home and care for their son, house and home. That’s the way it was supposed to stay, unless something happened to upset the applecart.
Well, something did upset the apple cart.
The other day Steven came home and announced he no longer could afford Glory to be a full-time Mom. Glory was surprised. She hadn’t heard any wolves howling at their door so she asked her husband to explain. He did by explaining he had put a dollar value on her work. He said...
That added up to $67,860, and those are bargain basement prices. But there’s more...
He concluded: :Our income doesn't even come close to covering what she does for our family. In short, I can't afford for my wife to stay at home. And I've tragically failed to show my wife the appreciation that she deserves. She loves me, loves our son, and loves our family, so obviously she isn't doing any of those things for a paycheck or even for recognition.”
Now I like what Steven figured out here. And I tried to do the same... but for our Savior. I wondered what value can I put on Him...
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, for all You have done all I can say is “Thank You” and try to live my life in a way which honors You. In Your Name. Amen.
The devotion for today was inspired by various recent news articles. For further reading you may wish to go to this address: https://www.christianheadlines.com/contributors/will-maule/yale-professor-rejects-darwinism-says-intelligent-design-is-a-serious-theory.html and the article written by Stacie Marshall.
The music which introduces and concludes our devotions was written by Guy Baumann. He along with three of his brothers perform on the album: The Baumann Brothers which may be ordered here: http://thebaumannbrothers.com/index.html