Daily Devotional – 12/6/18 “The right reaction manifests!”

Yesterday, I told you about the issue we encountered trying to get our backup camera repaired. Well, the camera was fixed, that’s wasn’t the issue. The issue was the terminology the service adviser used when talking to the warranty people. He told them, the wires appeared to be cut, leading them to think the wires were deliberately cut thus them denying the claim. Understand something. The box to the camera is down under some stuff, enclosed by insulation and a harness (box); in other words, nobody can just walk up and cut the wires, it would have taken work. So, I call them because it’s clear, by the paperwork, the wires weren’t cut. The young lady said, the service adviser would need to call and explain this. I call the dealership and leave a message for Jeff and after 2 hours, he calls back. I tell him what the issue is and this man says, “I never said they were cut, I said broken/cut.” My reply, “Sir, the only reason they are denying this claim is due to your use of the word cut.” We converse for a few minutes, only hanging up with him saying he’d call and “explain to them again,” in a not really but I’ll say what I have to say tone. Needless to say, he didn’t call. However, my faith was already working. I called the warranty people, a third time and the gentleman says, email us the paperwork and I’ll have a supervisor look at it. A few hours later, Chris, the supervisor, calls back and says, “Mrs. Johnson, this paperwork clearly states your deck harness failed which caused the breakage of wires. I’ve already processed your claim and you’ll have a check in 7 to 10 days.”

Usually, I would have been angry at the entire situation, starting with the initial call, especially after spending $500 for something we know should have been covered and even after the situation looked like it wouldn’t work out in our favor, on paper. But then I realized, it wasn’t me but it was him, the service advisor. I don’t know what his issue was, I’ve never met this man but it seemed like he was intentionally trying to wrong us. This is why I didn’t get angry or upset. I didn’t allow it to affect my mood. I paid the amount, got my keys then went and had dinner with my husband. Why? Because I knew, it was him and not us and whatever intent he had, it wouldn’t prosper. I am sharing this to let somebody know, you don’t have to fight folk, all the time. You don’t have to negatively respond, all the time because sometimes, the situation you find yourself in, is them and not you. And the way you respond, might just be your test. I told you yesterday, the right words matter and let me add, the right reaction manifests. For the bible tells me in Ecclesiastes 10:4, “If the ruler’s anger rises against you, don’t leave your place, for calmness puts great offenses to rest.” Don’t allow people to talk you out of who are you because bible shares in Stay who you are because the offense against you will not prosper.

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Daily Devotional – 12/3/18 “Would you still?”

What would you do if there was no crowd, no camera phones or video? Would you still preach, speak, give and serve the same? What would you do if nobody knew your name or never supported your gift? Would you still use it? What would you do if nobody ever read your book? Would you still write? What if nobody knew of your doing? Would you still do? I’m only asking because we live in a society where mostly everything is broadcasted and I am wondering if what you’re doing would still be done if nobody else was watching. Yes, we know God is watching but right now, I’m talking about people because reality is, we sometimes seek to please them and not Him. However, if nobody saw you feeding the homeless, would you still do it? If nobody recorded you helping somebody up, would you still do it? Would your giving, your talking, your living and your actions be the same if nobody knew it was you? If you never got the accolades and recognition, would you still? If there was no pastor’s love day, would you still serve the same? What I am sharing is, you don’t need an audience all the time. You don’t have to tell folk when you’re praying, just pray. You don’t have to post every time you sow a seed, just sow. You don’t have to video every act of goodwill, just do it. Every sermon doesn’t have to be recorded, just preach. Just give, just serve and just help because even if you never get paid what you’re worth, get back what you’re due or receive the recognition of man; God has an award ceremony already planned in your honor and it’ll happen when He’s ready.

This is why Bible shares in Matthew 6:1-6, “Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven. “So when you give to the poor, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be honored by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. “But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving will be in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you. “When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. “But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.”