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Daily Devotions

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Posted: Saturday, June 3

Pastor Shawn Follis // Youth Pastor

Pastor Shawn Follis // Youth Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide

2 Samuel 20:14-21:22
Acts 1:1-26
Psalm 121:1-8
Proverbs 16:18

Verse of the day:

“Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall.” (Proverbs 16:18)


“I am in the center of sin.” “You cannot spell sin without I being in the middle.”

 

These are two quotes that I try to teach teenagers. The core of every sin that we will deal with is self. Sin is selfish; and most sin that we deal with has an under layer of pride. Funny thing about pride, you will find I in the middle of that too.

 

I enjoy watching little league baseball. I enjoy watching young people develop their skills and talents, hand eye coordination, team work, and so much more. One thing that I love about baseball is how humbling the game can be. You may be winning one game, with all your skills and talents on display for all to see, only to come to the next game and you strike out, commit errors in the field and just plain stink. Baseball has a way of humbling all who play.

 

So does life. The game of life can have us flying high one minute only to be cast away on the rock the next. Life has its up and downs. If we take too much credit for the highs, then the lows will hit us that much harder.

 

So remember, Jesus said that those that humble themselves will be exalted. Don’t let pride come in and move you to the center of things. When we have an outward focus on others, then we stop letting our world center around ourselves. Don’t live in the center of your own world today. Lift your eyes up and away from yourself. Find a way to move out of Pride and sin and into the middle of someone else’s need.