Devotional

“For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.” – Galatians 5:13. 

The movie Wonder is told from the perspective of Auggie, but it also includes the perspective of Auggie’s sister.  Her name is Via or Olivia.  It turns out that she had a very rough first day at school as well.  Her best friend Miranda seemed to dump her for no apparent reason.  And because she is Auggie’s sister and is in this fragile family system that has had to focus so much attention on Auggie, when she is finally asked how her first day was, she simply responds by not revealing the whole truth. The reality is that she too needed some support and empathy from her parents. 

The natural tendency is to think of self, not others. People tend to focus almost exclusively on their own needs and wants unless they look around.   If we look around we tend to discover that people need us for one reason or another. And in some cases, they need us desperately. Our family needs us to love them and cheer them on. But it is not just family. Those far from the heart of God need to see the love of God, lived out through us. They need to know God loves them. They need to know their life matters. It is safe to say that someone desperately needs you today. It may be obvious, like Auggie, but it may be someone who is wearing the mask of having it all together. Or it maybe somebody less obvious like Olivia.

They need you to send a note, make a call, text, comment on social media. Some need to hear the life-saving good news of Jesus. Or maybe they need to hear some affirming words at work. Others may have to be told of their true value. Still, others that they have a purpose. There are people all around us that need to be encouraged, prayed for and loved. We can have a significant impact on the lives of others when we remember the line from Wonder: “When given the choice between being right and being kind, choose kind.”  

Each one of us is fearfully and wonderfully made for a purpose. That purpose is furthering the kingdom of God.  What would happen if we had the mindset that we were needed by others and put that mindset into action?  What if we opened our eyes to the great needs around us and become the hands and feet of Jesus to those in need? 

Discussion questions 

  1. If you were to guess, how many people need you today? How do you define “need?” 
  2. What are your motivations in your heart for helping others that need you? 
  3. What can I do this week to seek out ways in which to serve others joyfully?