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One Step at a Time

Daily Devotional for March 3, 2015

Read: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Bible version changes do not affect the Key audio or "Today's Key Verse," below.

Melody watched her big sister leave the house. "Why can't I go to the library

with Leah?" she asked. "I'll look at books while she studies."

"Melody," Mom said patiently, "it's almost your bedtime, and Leah will be gone a

couple of hours."

"But it's not fair! I want to go with her!" whined Melody.

"But you're eight years old. Leah is in high school. When you're her age, you'll be

able to do more things," said Mom. Melody frowned, but she turned back to her dolls.

A short time later, Mom got up from the couch. "Bedtime," she said.

As Melody got up, she began complaining again. "Leah has a TV in her room, and

she gets to go to the mall whenever she wants, and . . ."

At the stairway, Mom stopped. "Melody," she said, "when you were a baby, you

went up these stairs very carefully on your hands and knees. Later, you held onto my

hand very tightly so I could help you. Do you remember that?"

Melody laughed and shook her head. "No, but the little kids at church do that.

They're so cute."

"Now you're much bigger," Mom continued, "and you walk up the stairs.

Physically, you could do more and more. That's the way God intends it to be. And

that's the way He intends you to grow up in other areas, too. Gradually, you'll be able

to do more and more things."

"Like Leah does, you mean?" asked Melody.

Mom nodded. "Yes--but look at all you do already! Last week, you stayed

overnight at your friend Carmen's. You ride your bicycle in the street now. You walk

to school with the neighborhood kids. You couldn't do those things when you were

two, could you?" Slowly, Melody shook her head. "God made us in a way that doesn't

require us to learn everything at once," said Mom. "We just have to take one step at a

time. Ask God to help you be patient as you wait to be able to do all the things Leah

can do. Then focus on enjoying the things you can do now!

Do you ever wish you could be older than you are now? It’s hard to be patient, but God has a time for everything. Instead of focusing on what you can’t do yet, put your energy into doing what you can do now. As you get older, you’ll be able to do more things, but you’ll also have more responsibilities. So enjoy the age you are now. Enjoy being a kid!

TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Ecclesiastes 3:11 (KJV)
He (God) has made everything beautiful in its time.
*Verse displayed is NKJV

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