Family Devotion: Turkey Busters 3

TB3This is Part Three of a seven-part series. Here is Part One and Part Two if you need to catch up. Sign up to receive Turkey Busters sent straight to your inbox.

Verse to Remember: Don’t do anything only to get ahead. Don’t do it because you are proud. Instead, be humble. Value others more than yourselves. – Phil 2:3 (NIrV)

Big Idea: Make a big deal out of God and others.

Have you ever known someone who likes to brag? Some people love to tell you all about how many points they scored or the exciting vacation they took or the big present they got for their birthday. Sure, it’s normal to want to share things we’re excited about, but it’s easy to take it too far. Before we know it, we may be spending way too much time talking about ourselves instead of celebrating others.

There was a guy in the Bible who loved to brag. But not about himself. He did all his bragging about Jesus. His name was John the Baptist.

For hundreds of years, God told the Israelites he was going to send a hero to rescue them. This hero was called the Messiah. God sent John to tell people this hero was coming soon.

People asked John if he was the Messiah. He said, “No way! I’m not even good enough to untie his shoes!” Over and over again, John kept bragging about the Messiah and telling people how awesome he was going to be.

Then, one day, Jesus showed up, and John told everyone Jesus was the one they had been waiting for all along.

Later, the crowds who had been following John started following Jesus instead. One of John’s followers thought he might be jealous. But guess what? John was happy about it. He said, “He must become more important. I must become less important” (John 3:30 NIrV).

John was truly humble. He didn’t look down on himself. He just didn’t spend much time thinking about himself at all. He was too busy telling others about Jesus.

Think About It:

How about you? How do you feel when someone else gets all the attention? When your friends tell you about something good that happened to them, are you happy for them or do you ever try to “one up” them to make yourself look good instead?

When we try to make a big deal out of ourselves, we can end up acting like world-class turkeys, but when we make a big deal out of God and others, we are free to enjoy life, our friends and the blessings God gives us.

Prayer: God, you are great. Help me to brag about you and other people and not make a big deal about myself. Amen.

Talk About It:
1. Who is someone you can brag about this week other than yourself?
2. What is something you could do to make them feel special?
3. What has God has done for you that you can brag about to others?  Who can you tell?

Read More About It: Read more about what John said about Jesus in John 1:19-27.

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Seven-Year-Old Security Guard

I was working in an elementary room in our church one Sunday when I noticed a second grade boy standing up in the back row of kids.  All of the other children were sitting quietly, listening to the teacher in the front of the room.

I walked up to him and said, “Hey buddy, I need you to have a seat with everyone else.”

He eyed the crowd, stone-faced with his arms crossed.  “Can’t,” he said.  “I’m working security.”

Oh, of course, I thought.  I must have missed his badge.  I felt much safer knowing I had a CIA-trained seven-year-old patrolling the mean streets of children’s church.

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Maternity Misdirection

When my wife Christy was pregnant with our first daughter, we did the breathing classes where they teach dads how completely useless they’re going to be during the delivery process.  Remind your wife to breath.  Yeah, that’s helpful.  It’s like giving a toddler a spoon to go stir their play-doh so they can “help” you cook dinner. 

At the end of the class they offered a tour of the hospital to get parents oriented before the big day.  Christy suggested we go, but I would have none of it. 

“Honey,” I said, “I’m a minister.  I’ve visited a ton of people there. You don’t need a tour.  You have me!” 

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