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Please observe the following guidelines prior to submitting:
1) Pray about your devotion. Pray for the ministry.
2) Write from the heart. Make your devotion personal but relatable to life experiences.
3) Use and reference only one scripture. Please note the version of the Bible you use. If you do not note the version, we will default to NIV.
4) Your devotion should be 300-400 words and use the Hook, Book, Look, and Took method as explained below.
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He Said Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these. Matthew 19:14 NIV
(HOOK: Catch the reader’s interest with a brief story or shocking statement)
I was married in Saint Marks Church at the age of five. The pastor’s son performed the ceremony in the basement of the sanctuary. I didn’t ask the bride’s father for permission, but he didn’t seem upset by the news that his only daughter was getting married. I think he was just happy that she was finally potty trained. Our wedding rings were large and ornate things cut from a brown grocery bag. We were trying to make a social statement and that statement was, “The pre-school class wants more craft projects and fewer scripture memorization lessons!” We concluded the ceremony by doing what most couples do on their wedding night. We got naked—at least, from the knees down. I helped Peggy out of her shoes and socks, then kicked off my sneakers. Next, we sat on the floor and smelled each other’s feet. We were Methodist. Baptists would never think of doing such a thing. I’m pretty sure they forbid the touching of toes, too. The marriage didn’t last, though. I forget why. It may have had something to do with different nap times. But, for a few hours at least, we threw caution, not to mention our shoes, to the wind. That’s how kids are. They do crazy things like believe in Cinderella stories and Piggy Toes, and that new crayons are cool and adults aren’t.
(BOOK: Declare your key point and your interpretation of the passage)
I think that’s one reason Christ said, "Let the little children come to me." He was tired of eating with the adults. He wanted to sit with the girls and boys and throw cake, pop balloons, and laugh until His sides hurt.
(LOOK: Present the big picture and offer practical life application lessons and tips)
It’s a scary thing to think the Kingdom of God belongs to kids, but that’s what He said. Perhaps what He really meant was that the Kingdom of God belongs to those who seek adventure, love smelly feet and long to run through the halls of the King's castle.
(TOOK: Lead to a decision; close with an action statement and challenge the reader to change)
What dour duty keeps you from sharing in your Master’s joy? God desires our love, not our duty. Isn't it time you cast off your shoes, ran barefoot through the grass, and played footsie with your Lord?