Stepping Stones

A Monthly Devotional, by Michaela Popielski

Hello guys. I know I say this every article, but I can not believe it’s another month. So crazy. I have to say I didn’t have a set plan for a subject in this month devotional. So I went free lance on this one. one Sunday, or a couple Sundays in a row, my pastor taught on The Woman at The Well and how back then Jews and Samaritans didn’t have any contact with each other at all and how Jacobs well was common ground since both Jews and Samaritans were descended from Jacob but Samaritans were looked down upon I think because they were from opposing Kingdoms but were all descended from Jacob (Israel).

It got me thinking about how we tend to judge people based on either outside appearance or lineage and push them away due to differences. It is universal. People will look down on you for the stupidest things; i.e., frizzy or straight hair or type of music. Other times it can be accidental. I’ve been told people though I was mean because I wasn’t boy crazy or smiling 24/7. While attitude can be a part of it, it mainly seems like appearances are the most common.

Anyway, an example of this that I can see would probably be the civil rights movement. For centuries we’ve had this belief that white people are somehow smarter or better than black people. Please don’t think of me as racist, I’m not.  But there are some similarities between that and the story of the Samaritan woman. We are all descended from the same people, Noah’s sons. Racism is still around unfortunately and the only way to defeat it is trough prayer it seems. Granted we recently got the first black president ever. But there is still racism around waiting to corrupt someone else.

Another example takes place in churches. Some people think that they are better than others and some denominations think that they are the best etc. I am not pointing fingers at any one or any denomination. Everyone’s looked down on someone somewhere in their life time. It’s human nature. It seems like I am repeating myself but it’s the truth.

The Samaritan woman was surprised that Jesus was talking to her. After all he was Jewish and she was Samaritan. I won’t go on farther since we all know the story. The point I want to make is that if we find common ground with someone who we don’t know very well or flat out dislike, it can open so many doors. I’ve learned this recently with a co worker. I could go on and on and on about this but I won’t since I will again be repeating myself. So, Do następnego razu ~ Michaela

Nov. 1. Ps.34

Nov. 2. Rom. 1:16-17 / Luke 9:51-56

Nov. 3. John 6:41-59

Nov. 4. Rom. 12:1-8

Nov. 5. Rom. 12:9-21

Nov. 6. 1 Cor. 14:1-19

Nov. 7. 1 Cor. 14:20-25

Nov. 8. Ps. 35

Nov. 9. Ps. 87

Nov. 10. Micah 6: 1-16

Nov. 11. Rom. 5: 1-11

Nov. 12. Micah 7:1-14

Nov. 13. Isa. 31

Nov. 14. Matt. 5:33-37 / Luke 9:23-27

Nov. 15. 2 Cor. 6:1-18

Nov. 16. Num. 18:21-32

Nov. 17. Ps. 45

Nov. 18. Isa. 32:1-8

Nov. 19. Isa. 32:9-20

Nov. 20. Amos 3:1-8

Nov. 21. Amos 5:1-15

Nov. 22. Mark 7:1-23

Nov. 23. 1 Cor. 9:1-18

Nov. 24. 1 Cor.9:19-27

Nov. 25. 1 Cor. 10:1-13

Nov. 26. 1 Cor. 10:14-22

Nov. 27. 1 Cor. 10:23-33

Nov. 28. Isa. 33:1-16

Nov. 29. Isa. 33:17-24

Nov. 30. 1 Tim. 5

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