Sunday, March 4, 2012

Daily Devotion for Sunday, March 4, 2012

Scripture for Today: Mark 8:31-38

Key verse for today's daily devotion: Mark 8:32b, "But Peter took hold of Jesus and, scolding him, began to correct him."

Sheryl's teaching a lot of hours this semester at both OSU-OKC and at Redlands Community College in El Reno.  Some are online and some are in class and she teaches adjunct at both. Hiring adjunct is a new cost-saving method that many universities and colleges are employing in order to avoid paying benefits.  

Sometimes you have to endure quite a bit to get your foot in the door and she is hopeful for a permanent position.
Photo by Tom Spitznas, stock.exchg

When she first began to talk about adding Redlands to her schedule, my first instinct was to look at the number of hours she would be teaching (to say nothing of the number of preps she would undertake) and to save her from this attempt.  

Why would you want to take on more?  

We aren't living in any kind of debt so you don't have to kill yourself for this!

But it is more about the call to work.  Sheryl is a good college instructor and enjoys her subject matter.  She has a need to share her education with others.  It is about more than just the bottom line.

Sometimes we want to save those we love from undue suffering. Certainly Peter wanted this for Jesus.  But when we have the call on our lives for something higher, we do count the costs and find them acceptable.  

It is different when looking at it for ourselves than for others.  We may not think that our loved ones have not adequately evaluated the risks when it comes to answering their call.  Probably because it is not our call!  

We may be often more like Peter than we would like to admit. We would scold Jesus not for taking up the cross but for calling those we love!

Breath prayer for today: Burning Truth, call whom you will.

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