THE TRUE AUTHOR
Tony and I are both very passionate about helping students develop habits of spending time in God’s word and in prayer. Unfortunately, too often when you go to a conference, the schedule is so full of other things that it is hard to find time to spend one-on-one with the Lord. We decided that we would work into our schedule time to spend doing devotions each morning after breakfast. To help guide the students, I put together a daily meditation and devotion guide going through James 1:1-27 that the students and leaders would use each morning.
One of my many sin struggles is pride and selfish ambition. I was quite proud of the devotional I authored and I was struggling with feelings of pride about my own abilities. During this past week at Challenge, the Lord kept pointing out this sin area in my life, urging me to not boast in myself, but to have humility. One of our speakers gave a definition of humility as thinking rightly about myself. He said that humility isn’t thinking less of yourself than you ought, but thinking correctly about yourself. This is why Jesus is humble and He can make claims that for a human would be considered arrogant. It’s not arrogant for Jesus to speak about His own greatness, because Jesus is actually great!
On Wednesday and Thursday, I had multiple conversations with students about overcoming sin and temptation. Friday morning, I began my devotions on James 1:12-18 and read the following prayer that I had written out for students a week before:
Father, I praise you for you for you are the giver of all good gifts. I confess that sometimes I want to blame you for my sin struggles instead of taking responsibility for my sin. Thank you for all the good gifts you have given me – my family, friends, a home to live in, and food to eat. Help me to fight sin in my life. Amen.