October 2 - Postage Stamp Christianity

By Louis Smith

Today's Scripture: Proverbs 24:15-16

Central Thought: Perseverance brings blessings to Christians.

    Postage stamps have an interesting history. They were developed in 1840 in Great Britain, replacing the old method of making mail recipients pay postage and shifting that responsibility to the senders of letters instead.

    A lot has changed since those early days of postage. Stamps are now perforated, coiled, printed in all sorts of colors, and bear pictures of all sorts of significant places and events. Prices have gone up, too. But one thing has remained the same about postage stamps since their inception. As one person put it, 'They stick to one thing until they get it done.”

    That's the way we Christians should live—sticking with it, persevering until our final day on earth. Will we benefit from this? Most assuredly! Though believers may fail along the way, the persevering believer will rise from failure and try again (Proverbs 24:15-16). He or she knows that the real failure consists in not getting back up. When these saints come to the finish line, they'll cross victoriously—not because they were perfect, but because they persevered.

    If you have in some way failed, do not give in to failure and give up. Instead, get up. Rise from the failure, analyze what you learned from your failure, and determine to try again. In the words of Winston Churchill, 'Never give in, never give in, never, never, never.”

Devotional Prayer: Lord, help me always persevere in living for You.

Today's Bible Reading: Isaiah 66:1-24; Philippians 3:4b-21; Psalm 74:1-23; Proverbs 24:15-16