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An unceasing being…

By Pastor Bobby Schuller

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.”
-Ephesians 2:8-9

In our world today, think about the amount of time and money we spend and the extensive efforts that we put into trying to get people to like, admire, and respect us. Think about the great cost of having to prove ourselves to our near-dwellers.

We don’t have to carry that burden. This comes from a place of ego, a place in our hearts easily offended, already wounded, that just can’t handle someone saying or thinking something bad about us, or rejecting us, or gossiping about us. What a great fear we carry in our hearts.

But we don’t have to be afraid. We can smile. We don’t have to prove ourselves to others and certainly not to God. He asks only that we be humble and not boastful.

You are loved. You are an unceasing, spiritual being, with an eternal destiny in God’s great universe and no one can take that from you.

Prayer: Dear Lord, I am not afraid because I know that you lead the way. I look forward to the future, to living a humble, useful, faithful life. Amen.

Reflection: What has been your greatest emotional wound? How has God helped you to heal from that hurt?

An illuminated heart…

By Pastor Bobby Schuller

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God‘s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God-this is your true and proper worship.” 
-Romans 12:1

Jesus didn’t come to the world to be served, but to serve. Everything Jesus did was in service to others. People hated him and gossiped about him and mocked him. They beat him, crucified him, pulled his beard, and poured vinegar into his mouth. Only one of his twelve disciples showed up at his crucifixion. That same day, he was denied by Peter, his right-hand man.

Nonetheless, Jesus changed everything. He changed everything.

And so, as we think we want God’s calling upon our lives, are we willing to sacrifice? God needs each of us to become a different kind of person before he calls us into a different kind of living, calling, or vocation. It requires sacrifice, trust, and dedication.

This kind of life, this kind of dedication, this kind of purpose and vision brings the human heart to illumination. It elevates us to be the people that we were born to be.

That’s joy. That’s fullness. That’s fulfillment to know that what we want is the Lord’s work to be done. We want what he wants. That’s the real kind of life. That’s how to really live – for something bigger than ourselves.

Prayer: Dear Lord, help my plans to be your plans. Illuminate my heart with your vision for my future so that I may live my life only for you. Amen.

Reflection: As you pray for God to illuminate your heart with his vision for your future, what thoughts come to mind?

Don’t throw away your tomorrow…

By Pastor Bobby Schuller

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
-Joshua 1:9

God wants you to be the kind of person who, in the midst of a difficult struggle or tragic loss, never gives up, never loses hope, and always trusts that his love will work it out in the end.

Right now, your life may not look the way you think it should look, but I believe that in the end you will say, “I have been living God’s best the whole time. There’s no doubt in my mind that God treasured me, valued me. Because I followed him and hoped in him, by no means did I miss out on the calling of my life.”

In the words of my grandfather, “Don’t throw away tomorrow,” Don’t give up. Don’t check out. Don’t fall into despair, but trust that, even now, in the hardest times, that the love of God endures for you. You may be much closer than you think. Don’t quit and don’t give up, but lean on God and his enduring love.

Prayer: Dear Lord, I don’t want to lose hope. Even though I struggle, I believe in you. I lean on you. I won’t give up. Your enduring love is the fuel for a hope-filled life. Amen.

Reflection: How do you find the hope to carry on and thrive when you are weary?

Something better’s coming…

By Pastor Bobby Schuller

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
-John 16:33

The love of God leads us to a life of infinite hope. We ought to be hopeful people every day. Every moment we ought to be hopeful, hope-filled, hope-encouraging people. Hopeful people, even when they’re suffering, have greater imagination. They are able to believe that something better is going to happen.

Hope-filled people see the world differently. They see opportunities. Hopeful people are creative because they haven’t just given up and given into despair or quit. They believe that there has to be a creative way and new solution. Hopeful people are patient and enduring. They don’t run over people or hurry, but they trust and know that things will work out. Hopeful people are moral people because they don’t abuse, they’re not selfish, and they don’t take advantage. Hopeful people are constant. They have a real inner constancy to take one step at a time.

You may remember the friend that I mentioned in an earlier devotion who walked with me around the harbor. He finally overcame his severe digestive problems. He hoped every day, believed in God, and had faith that he would overcome. That led him to research his ailment, to think, to look, and to hope, and he was healed. Imagine if he’d quit and given up. He’d still be stuck right where he was.

Hopeful people are the people that get out of the woods, whose hope comes from the Lord and from the cross.

Prayer: Dear Lord, my hope is only and always in you. You know my circumstances, my fears, my suffering. You know it all and you have a plan to lift me up, out, and into a hope-filled life. Amen.

Reflection: When you have felt hopeless, what gave you hope?

What really matters…

By Pastor Bobby Schuller

“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.”
1 John 4:7

My daughter Haven is so cute. She’s three years old and she makes these drawings for me. She scribbles a bunch of stuff on paper, she hands it to me, and she’s so proud. Then I take that paper and I say, “Wow this is great. I love it,” because she made it.

I love Haven’s drawings because I love her. But if I had to choose between either losing the drawings or losing my daughter, which would I choose? Haven, of course.

God sees the Crystal Cathedral as I see her drawings. Is he impressed? The one who made all of the clouds of the sky and all of the nebulae in the universe and formed the very earth that we live on, and made you, is he impressed? Probably, possibly a little bit, because he loves us more. But what really matters to him is you.

What matters to me the most are not Haven’s drawings, but the little girl who is my daughter because I love her. And that’s what our former sanctuary is. It is a drawing. And like every other temple, it will be washed away with the sands of time. But the Church as a whole, that’s you and me and believers to come, will be here forever.

God believes in us. He believes in you. He does not believe in brick and mortar. He believes in people because he made us. If you believe it, say amen! And I believe in the future. Do you? I believe in it for you.

Prayer: Dear Lord, I am so blessed to look forward to a future with you and with other believers who know who you are. Thank you for not only creating me, but also believing in me. Amen.

Reflection: When you think about what really matters in life, what do you see? How does God show you how much you matter to him?

Work ethic…

By Bobby Schuller, Hour of Power Pastor

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord…”
Colossians 3:23

I have a growing concern about the value of work in people’s lives because, with each new generation, we are being taught less and less about how to work with the spirit of independence, freedom, and ingenuity.

The idea of the act of working is being replaced rapidly by, for some, a victim mentality, and, for others, a sense of entitlement. And that is a poisonous change of attitude for our society.

We all need to work, whether we’re paid for it or not, and our work ought to glorify God. If our work is done for the sole purpose of glorifying God, it will bring us tremendous joy and freedom.

Prayer: Dear Lord, I want my work, everything I do, to glorify you. I embrace the joy and freedom that working only for you brings. Amen.

Reflection: Do you find joy in your work? If not, how would working for the Lord lift your spirits as you do your job?

Being present…

By Bobby Schuller, Hour of Power Pastor

“And He said, ‘My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.'”
Exodus 33: 14

Many things can fill our lives and distract us. Too many people go out to lunch with friends, yet, throughout their time together, they’re on cell phones, texting, sending e-mails to other people.

Too often we’re not present; we’re always thinking about tomorrow, the next thing, the thing that is to come, and not thinking about today. It’s always tomorrow. It’s always something else. It’s always somewhere later. And so we’re not present, which means not whole, but fractured and broken.

It can be scary because God can see through us and work through all of the wounds and all the brokenness and fear that we have. God causes us to ask questions and wrestle with doubt and all of existence. Yet still, He still wants to be with us. “I want to be with you,” God says. “I’ve come to see you and to be with you.”

Today is the gift. Today is the blessing. Today is from God. Enjoy every moment. Practice his presence. Live in his kingdom. Trust in him and see him in everything that you do and enjoy.

Prayer: Father, I thank you that you are with me right now. Flourish inside of me a sense of joy, peace, fullness, and fulfillment that comes from practicing, on a daily basis, your presence. Amen.

Reflection: When you’re with friends and family, are you present or distracted? How are you in your alone time with God? Present? Distracted?

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