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In his book Everybody Always, author Bob Goff shares an illustration from a children’s book about a bucket. The premise of the book is that we will become whatever it is we put in our bucket. If somebody fills their bucket with business deals, they reveal to others that they’re a businessman. If somebody fills their bucket with a critical spirit, they pour out cynicism into the lives of others. But if somebody fills their bucket with joy, they will bring much more joy and happiness into the lives of others.
Today, if you were to fill in the following sentence, you would likely discover the types of things Jesus poured into His bucket. Jesus came to ____________.
What word did you use to fill in the blank? What did Jesus pour into His bucket? Some possible answers include:
- Serve – He came to offer His life and to serve others who were very different from Him.
- Bring peace. He brought peace to the diseased and outcast.
- Show mercy and grace. He offered mercy and grace to those who may have believed they didn’t deserve it.
READING & PRAYERS:
If you had to narrow it down to one thing, what would you say Jesus filled His bucket with? Explain your answer.
What would you say you most regularly pour into your bucket? What kind of an impact is this having on those around you?
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I confess that there are times when I build up walls of hostility instead of recognizing that You have torn them down. Times when I create tension instead of being a peacemaker. Times when I want to be right instead of wanting to get it right. Help me to live today and every day as one who fulfills Your will and not my own. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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