Once as a young, skinny teenager, I got into an ice cream eating competition with a youth group chaperone who was easily twice my size. The idea was to eat a mega-sized sundae at a restaurant as fast as we could, and if I won, he would pay for my dessert. It did not turn out to be one of my smarter moves.
The server brought out the two ice cream monstrosities to our table, and a crowd of my friends soon gathered. As soon as I heard the word, “go,” I snatched my spoon, scooped up the biggest layer of ice cream, toppings, and whipped cream, and shoveled it in my mouth. Before completely swallowing that, I reached down for the next one, and the next one, and so on. I moved as fast as I could, feeling the dreaded ice cream headache along the way, yet confident that it was worth it. The ice cream was, after all, going to be free.
And then I looked up.
What he did was nothing less than a work of art. He smiled, placing a spoonful of the frozen delight in his mouth. Seemingly enjoying that bite, he put in another, larger, one into his mouth. It was clear that he was having fun as he worked through his sundae slowly and carefully, enjoying and savoring every moment.
All the while putting a foolish young teenager to shame.
And while I struggled and pressed just to keep up, the other guy won. Easily. Masterfully.
There is a lesson here. I realize now that while I struggled to complete a task, he just had fun. Basically put, he took the time to savor the moment and enjoy every bite.
This is the purpose of this Ephesians devotional. If you are a group leader, parent, grandparent, or just want to be in the Word of God more, this devotional is for you. The 13 devotions are designed to help you study, reflect, and apply the Book of Ephesians to your life. As you read a devotion along with the corresponding passages each week, take the time to enjoy the journey. Savor every moment and relate each of the truths to your life. The devotions should enhance your time in the Word as you prepare for your Explore the Bible group’s study through Ephesians. It is, in every sense of the word, a time to relax, enjoy, and reflect on the goodness of God!
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