March 27th Lenten Devotional

Do Not Let Them Stumble

Matthew March

Luke 17:1-10

I remember when I turned 16.  I really wanted a car of my own but my family couldn’t afford another car.  So I had to share the one car we had with my dad.  Being 16, and a bit of a hothead, I went to church one day with a big chip on my shoulder.

I grumbled to my older, wiser friend Mike, “My parents won’t buy me a car but I bet they will buy one for my spoiled little sister when she turns 16.”

Now Mike could have grumbled along with me.  But Mike, being older and wiser, knew that would get me in trouble.  “Don’t you think your parents would get you a car if they could afford one?”

Mike was right and he did the right thing.  He did not let me, in my immature teenage temper tantrum, stumble.  He was a witness to being content.  I had a lot that other teenagers didn’t have, parents who loved and cared for me and who made sure I had the things I absolutely needed, even if I didn’t have a car to call my own.

It’s so easy to stumble in life, there are many opportunities all around.  It is even easier to trip someone else up.  Imagine how Mike would have felt if he would not have snapped me back to reality.

The thing is, Mike probably doesn’t remember the incident as vividly as I do.  He did what the adults in teenager’s lives are supposed to do.  He was just doing his job.


Matthew March is the pastor of St John’s Lutheran Church in Chehalis, Washington.

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