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The Popcorn Line

  • Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time; casting all your worries on him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6'7 WEB.

    We love to get a tub of buttered popcorn at the movies. It is rare for us to go, but popcorn just seems to make the whole movie experience better. It makes us happy. One day we went to see a movie with some friends at a local theater. While we were waiting in line to get our happy popcorn, the man running the counter was fuming mad because he had been assigned to work the lowly concession stand.

    He loudly complained in front of everyone, "What were they thinking putting me out here in front of everyone to serve popcorn! I have not done this in years! I am the assistant something. I am supposed to be in the back office!" He embarrassingly whined on and on and practically threw the orders on the counter in contempt.

    Everyone in the line looked at each other and felt like we were a bother to him, but we stayed in line because we wanted to get our popcorn before the movie started. He was indeed a sight to behold, and my heart went out to him. I could understand what he was talking about because the Lord has put me in similar circumstances many times.

    Each time in my life, before the Lord started to use me in any way that mattered, I first went through a humbling season to prepare me for it. It was always voluntary, and each time I was given the opportunity to humble myself but never forced to obey. The task usually came as a choice, where I could choose to humbly serve others in some way or to leave feeling like they didn't know how important that I really was.

    I was given a choice, and I was free to do either. The times that I chose the humble path always ended up with me being promoted in some way later or a golden opportunity suddenly appeared. I have literally gone from sweeping the floor to becoming the manager. For example, right before He pushed me into full-time ministry as a pastor, we showed up for a church workday event, and the only job left was scrubbing the bathrooms.

    While others painted, worked on computers, and rearranged musical equipment, I polished the bathrooms until you could have eaten off the floor. Now, here is some backstory on why that is relevant. For a season, I had been a painting contractor, while the people painting there didn't know how to properly hold a brush. I ran a computer business for nearly twenty years. Still, the people working on rearranging the computers were struggling to figure out where the cables went. I have been a life-long musician and sound tech, while those reorganizing the music equipment produced a mess we had to fix later. Anyway, you get the point on how detailed a situation the Lord can create for you to complain about.

    God uses humble beginnings. Even His Son Jesus was born in a stable. Jesus humbled Himself and became one of us. Over the years, I have learned that the grandiose looking door is usually not the one He has in store for me.

    Pater said to humble ourselves so that God may exalt us in due time. He will provide the occasion, but only you can humble yourself. God does not make you humble. He gives you an opportunity to serve in a lowly esteemed position with a positive attitude. Then as you do the serving, you will become humble in the process.

    The further the task is beneath you, the more you feel slighted, the higher that He will take you. The longer that it takes to complete, the longer the season that is coming. I once served a year polishing brass at minimum wage while He refined me. Then He pushed me into my own computer business for the next seventeen years.

    When He gives you the chance to humbly serve in some way, do it. It is possibly the most significant door that could ever open for you, yet disguised as something low. Jesus, the King of all Kings, washed the feet of the disciples like He was their servant. So if He puts you at the popcorn stand, serve with a smile, and work to be the best popcorn server the world has ever seen. The people in line will appreciate it.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to see the big picture and beyond my circumstances today. Please help me understand Your plan for me and give me the grace to keep a positive attitude while I serve. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: For those participating in the Creation Photography weekly themes, here is this week's challenge from group leader, Dianna Wyles: Dianna is dealing with health challenges relating to her heart, so we are continuing with last week's theme, "My Eyes Have Seen the Glory". If you would like to post prayers for her health at the group, I'm sure she would appreciate that! Here is the link: Creation Photographers


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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen

Jan 26
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

Jan 26
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

Jan 26
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Keyana Mallory
Keyana Mallory

I definitely agree! 

In the name of Jesus Christ! Amen!

 

Jan 26
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen, no matter why or where Lord, use me to humble me.

Jan 26
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. I humble myself to do your will Lord. Use me in your name I Pray.  Amen

Jan 26
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen thank you Father for keeping me humbled and for changing the way I think and act I love you .

Jan 26
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Jan 26
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Thank you Jesus,you are awesome. Amen 

Jan 26
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Thank You Father For All You Do

Jan 26
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen 

Jan 26
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

A pointed reminder for me this morning, Pastor Dion. Thanks for being God's messenger! Lord, give me the grace to keep a positive attitude today. Amen

Jan 26
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Cindy Holcomb
Cindy Holcomb

Amen!

Jan 26
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father I humbly ask You to make me humble today and follow Your designs to serve in any situation I encounter.  Sometimes I feel like You are punishing me and I forget that You are training me for better times, in Jesus Christ name I pray, Amen. Lord keep showing us the way to go through Your word. Praise the Lord. 

Great devotional reminder Pastor, God bless you and Sylvia, Amen. 

Jan 26
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes Lord Jesus, amen 

Jan 26
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Jan 26
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Pastor Dion thank you for this devotion today. We all need to work on humility as I think  in general our human nature makes us all not want to act humble. I know that Jesus was the humblest man ever and God asks us to show humility to everyone we meet. In general, I am a very humble person because I was raised very humble. We were poor, raised by a mom who had 4 children to support and no dad to help us out. We couldnt have all the nice stuff that others at school had. We were expected to work around the house doing chores and helping everywhere we were able. For the most part I did not mind this as I understood that my mom needed help. I have been a born again Christian since I was 17, and believed in God and prayed since I was 3 or 4 years old. Yet there are times that we don't want to be humble, and we want others to notice us or see what we are capable of or give us the credit we deserve. God gives us opportunities to always be humble like Jesus was, showing humility to everyone and being willing to help out wherever needed at church or perhaps for a neighbor or someone at church that needs help, even if that means cleaning toilets, scrubbing floors, changing diapers whatever is needed, we need to make ourselves available because God has called us to service. If Jesus could wash his servants feet and die on a cross for us then we can certainly show humility to others even when we think we deserve better. Father God please make us humble even in situations where we feel like we should be recognized for our talents. Thank you Jesus for willingly going to the cross in my place, amen.

Jan 26
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Help me to always be kind Amen

Jan 27