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Daily Devotional은 Keys for kids Ministries에서 지원받은 프로그램입니다.
‘A Go-Between’을 원본으로 듣고 싶으신 분들은 홈페이지 www.keysforkids.org로 들어가시면 Keys for kids Daily Devotional <November 14, 2018>에서 다시 들으실 수 있습니다.**
Thatcher rolled his eyes when his brother smugly waved a piece of paper in front of his nose. "Stop it, Nolan! You're always bragging about your good grades." Thatcher stuck his nose in the air and mimicked his brother. "I got an A in this and a 100 on that. I'm soooo smart!"
"Well, I am the smartest kid in my class," said Nolan.
"Boys, that's enough!" Dad took out his wallet and removed some bills. "What do you think of this, Nolan?"
Nolan's eyes opened wide. "Wow! That's a lot of money!"
"Yep," said Dad with a nod. "Remember the snowblower Uncle Jeffrey asked us to sell for him when he moved to Florida? Well, I sold it this morning, and the man paid me in cash. This should come in handy, don't you think?"
"Yeah, but..." Nolan gave his dad a confused look. "You're not going to spend it, are you?"
"Why not?" asked Dad. "The man gave it to me."
"But it's not yours," said Thatcher. "It belongs to Uncle Jeffrey, doesn't it?"
"Yeah, Dad," echoed Nolan. "The snowblower belonged to him, so if you kept the money, you'd be stealing, wouldn't you?"
Dad smiled. "You're right. I would be stealing. The buyer handed the money to me, but he was really paying Uncle Jeffrey. I'm just the go-between. Just like you, Nolan."
"Like me?" asked Nolan. "What do you mean?"
"What I mean is that all the abilities and talents you have, great or small, come from God," replied Dad. "He gave them to you, but they really belong to Him. Sometimes people will compliment you on them, but you're just the go-between. Jesus gave you those abilities so you could use them to glorify Him, not yourself."
Nolan looked embarrassed. "So you're saying I shouldn't be proud of being smart?"
"Right," said Dad. "God wants you to enjoy your love of learning, but He gave you that ability so you could use it to help others and show them Jesus' love--not rub it in people's faces. When you get a good grade or a compliment, remember it really belongs to God and thank Him for the gifts He's given you."
"Okay, Dad," said Nolan. "I'll try to remember. I don't want to steal from God!" A. W. Smith
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Are you good at schoolwork or sports? Do you do well in music or public speaking? Maybe you have a talent for fixing things or making others feel welcome. Remember that any ability you have comes from God, and He deserves the credit. Use your talents to give Him glory and show others His love.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: 1 Corinthians 4:7 (KJV)
Everything you have was given to you…why do you act as if you got it all by your own power? (ERV)