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Basketball Blues

Daily Devotional for December 3, 2016

Read: Romans 12:4-8

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Kyler yanked the door open, bounded into the house, and fell dramatically into an overstuffed chair in the living room. Dad's mouth twitched as he watched his son from the corner of his eye. "So, Kyler, how was your day?"

"Fine," muttered Kyler as he stared out the window.

Dad shut his laptop and put it aside. "Want to talk?"

Kyler opened his mouth as if to speak, but then closed it, changing his mind. A moment later, he sighed. "I didn't make the basketball team," he said.

"I didn't know you were trying out for the team," said Dad. "I didn't think you liked playing basketball."

"I don't, really, but... " Kyler shrugged. "All my friends are on the team."

"I see," said Dad, reaching over to pick up a sculpture of a bird. He looked thoughtful as he turned it around in his hands. "So will your friends like you less if you're not on the team?"

"No, but I want to fit in with them and spend time with them," said Kyler.

"I know, but you can still spend time with your friends doing other things," said Dad. "And you can show support and interest in what they're doing by rooting for them at basketball games--you don't have to be on the team yourself to do that. Then you'll be able to concentrate on learning to do something you really enjoy."

"Like what?" asked Kyler. Then he noticed the sculpture his dad was holding. "You mean like art stuff? I made that bird in art class last year."

"Well, it seems God didn't give you an interest in being a great basketball player," said Dad, "but He did give you a gift for art--and you enjoy it."

"Yeah," replied Kyler. He took the bird and examined it closely. "You know, Dad, maybe I'll sign up for an art class next year."

"What about your friends?" asked Dad.

Kyler shrugged. "Maybe I'll carve a basketball for them." Vicki L. Reinhardt

Do you try to fit in with your friends—even if it means doing things you don’t really care for? God has given you special talents of your own. Are you good at writing? Gardening? Singing? Babysitting? Don’t try to be what other people are if it’s not right for you. Be honest with yourself. Whatever your talent is, find it and use it for God’s glory.

TODAY'S KEY VERSE: 1 Timothy 4:14 (KJV)
Do not neglect the gift that is in you.
*Verse displayed is NKJV

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