Daily Delight

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ,
 (2 Corinthians 4:5-6, ESV).

When I was trying to write this week’s devotional, I found myself wondering, “What’s something short and sweet, something catchy, something interesting that will stick?” From that blossomed a handful of pedantic alliterations and cute catchphrases which then spiraled into me searching for Bible verses that I could somehow fit into my unbiblically-born “lesson.” And then it hit me like a ton of bricks. I was trying so hard to be impactful within the confines of the tiny comic-book boxes of Instagram, that I forgot the whole point of devotion. We do not write, create, or speak to fit Jesus into the tiny space of our preconceived ideas. Rather, we do so to find the relevance our comic-book lives in the context of Christ-centered truths. We devote ourselves not to make our ideas feel big, but to seek life, however fleeting, that makes sense in light of eternity.

In trying to come up with the most pithy captions and catchy hashtags, I have all too often trivialized truth. I do not want to be here to make truth fit in a box. It will never suffice, and it will never fit. I want us to utilize devotion to spark the spirit in each other to seek truth–– the whole truth–– outside the box, in community, in prayer, in the nitty-gritty of those less Pinterest-friendly verses.

For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit, (2 Peter 1:21 ESV). 

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About the Author

Safeena Padder≫ ≫Safeena is a Malibu coastline-dwelling Pepperdine grad turned wedding photographer and aspiring photojournalist. Because of the unlikelihood of her own testimony, she believes that no one is too far from the redeeming love of God. She seeks to live that belief through action and by fostering even more unlikely friendships.

Safeena is passionate about travel, social justice, and the role that creativity plays in driving empathy that will change the world; you can follow her adventures atwww.safeenapadder.com/blog. Her natural habitat is the farmer's market, where you can normally find her with arms full of flowers.


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