Zambia Devotion: August 9

Going Beyond Our Comfort Zone

The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. Genesis 12:1

Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Philippians 2:4

There are lots of journeys we all go on throughout our lives. Some are long and some are quite short. Some are to Cokato and some are to Zambia.

One thing I have learned in my faith is that God often suggests we go the extra mile.

Abram had already been on a journey with his earthly father but his Heavenly Father called him to travel further. When he was obedient to that calling, he was blessed beyond belief.

I find the blessings often come from travelling the extra journey God has called us to.

The Extra Mile

Not only Zambia or Jamaica……..

The extra mile might be dropping a colleague off even when you’re exhausted, you find them annoying, or they live in the opposite direction to where you are going!

The extra mile might be sorting clothes for the Blessing Closet or serving on a church committee (or serving lutefisk…) after a long day of watching the (grand)kids.

The extra mile might be cooking a friend in need a meal, even though you already have to cook for your family and you have ten loads of washing to fold.

The extra mile looks different for each person. When the road opens before us, He gives us an opportunity for Him to bless us.

Don’t get comfortable in what you think is your final destination, God may have an unexpected blessing in store for you. Here – in Buffalo, in Zambia, in all of God’s world.


Lord, Your blessings are amazing, but often require us to go the extra mile. May we find our ‘extra mile’ in our service to you. Amen.

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