. . . looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2
He's not as famous as he once was, but, even so, some of our Daily Devotion readers will have heard of him.
If the name doesn't ring a bell, let me share this with you: Blondin amused and amazed millions of people by walking over Niagara Falls on a slender rope which had been stretched from shore to shore.
It goes without saying that Blondin's line of work was particularly unforgiving, and his was an effort that did not allow him to falter or fail.
Part of Blondin's secret of success was this: as he made his way along the rope, he kept his eyes fixed on a large silver star which he had hung at the far end of the rope. The star gave him a clear goal as it guided him to the other side.
When I visit with people, I often wonder, "What is their silver star? What is that thing for which they are working?"
For some people that star is success; for others it is family, wealth, fame, friendship, or just to be loved.
There are, after all, many different kinds of goals.
It is my hope your star is to serve the Lord. It is He who has always loved you. It is He who has sent His Son to be the sacrifice, which has saved you.
Understand that serving the Lord is a star allowing for a great deal of flexibility. You can serve the Lord and use the money you make to further His Kingdom. You can serve the Lord in the way you treat your family.
You see how it works?
If you understand, then you're able to answer this question: "What's the star holding your attention?"
From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"
THE PRAYER: Gracious Lord, as I travel through life there will be many distractions. I pray that You will send the Holy Spirit upon me so I may never forget the importance of serving You and the Savior who gave His life for my salvation. May following the Savior be my silver star. In His Name. Amen.
In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries