Some things are just hard to know, and when dealing with mystery, it's easy to get lost in the questions.

God is mystery; we will never completely understand.

But there are times, sometimes only moments, when we see God better than we have before.

Such a moment may occur for us at any time - even in the moments just ahead of you.

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Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit that is from God, so that we may understand the gifts bestowed on us by God. And we speak of these things in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual things to those who are spiritual.

1 Corinthians 2:12-13

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I just got my first cell phone last month. That’s right, my first. Ever. One of my friends just said, “Welcome to the ‘90s!”

How could anyone live without a cell phone, you wonder? Maybe you’re reading this devotion on yours. Your fingers are a blur, texting and surfing while I poke at the screen like a chicken pecking for corn in the barnyard until I finally hand the phone to my son, who rolls his eyes and tells me what I’m doing wrong. Duh! Doesn’t everyone know the difference between MMS and SMS and why messages are different colors?

Learning technology can be like a different language, and while some of it can be self-taught, sometimes you need help from a genius. Today's Scripture reminds us that God's Spirit helps us understand the gifts God has given. And while an iPhone can do lots of stuff in your hands, that’s nothing compared to what we can do when we put our lives in God’s hands!

Steve Cothran

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Spirit of God, help me understand the gifts you have given me, and how I can use them to serve you today. Amen.

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God sent Christ into the world,
Giving life abundant and free.
God sends us like Christ before us
Sharing love with all those in need.

Shine your light into the darkness
So the lost can finally say:
Never ceasing, life increasing,
Christ, our life, our truth, our way!

Steve Cothran

Steve Cothran has been working with youth since his youth, and the last 20 years he has served church staffs in Florida, Kentucky, and North Carolina. Steve enjoys relating life to Seinfeld and a weekly discussion of The Walking Dead, and his office smells of leather-bound books and rich mahogany. His wife Nancy is also a minister, and they have three semi-adult children: Marina, Raleigh, and Robyn.

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