The Writeoff

Sunday, February 9, 2020
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John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (NIV)

During recent extreme weather, when our temperatures dropped down to between -35 and -40 degrees Celsius, my old mare, Mama died, no longer able to withstand such temperatures. We do not know for sure how old she was, but after speaking with her original owner this past summer (horses often have many different owners in their lifetime), we are sure that she was at least thirty or older.

When Mama came to us, she had been rescued from the slaughter house. She had broken some bones in her knee, which left her unable to be a brood mare, a riding pony, or a cart horse. She had thus, for most, lost her value and had become a writeoff.

For us, however, she was a lot more than a writeoff. She was a wonderful companion for her colt Frank, whom we also purchased. She was deeply loved by my young granddaughter, whose face would light up as she ran across the corral, yelling, "Mama, Mama, my Mama!" And Mama would always come to her and let herself be kissed by this adoring two-year-old. As the matriarch of the corral, our three goats followed her everywhere and looked to her for leadership during times of crisis. She also brought all of us adults joy just to see her grazing contentedly on the property throughout the good weather months, doing her part to keep the brush chewed down and under control.

No, Mama was definitely not a writeoff — and neither are any of us, when it comes to God. It doesn't matter who we are, or what mistakes we have made, or what condition we are in, mentally, physically, or emotionally. Each and every one of us is valued by God, just for who we are, for He created us and loved us enough to send His only Son Jesus to die for us that we might by faith in Christ have our sins forgiven and gain an eternal relationship with Him. He not only wants a relationship with each one of us, but He also has work for each of us to do:

Ephesians 2:10 – For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (NIV)

Today, if you are feeling like a writeoff, stop and consider the truth. You are not a writeoff! This is a lie! You are God's workmanship and He can never stop loving or forget about you:

Isaiah 49:15-16a – Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands. (NIV)

Prayer: Father God, thank You so much that no one, not one single person in this world, is viewed by You as a writeoff. You have created us and love us and have a purpose for each of us. Bless and encourage each one today who may be feeling discouraged, depressed, or hopeless. May the truth of Your love and care, and our value as human beings in Your sight, reach deep into our very souls and bring healing and peace to our situations. In Christ's name, we ask. Amen.

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Tawatinaw, Alberta, Canada

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you.

    Amen, Lynne!

    Thank you, Lynne. That was just what I needed.

    Beautiful application to the scripture. Thank you so much.

    A great way to start my day – reading your devotion! God bless.

    Thank you, Lynne. A great analogy! Mama sounded like a beautiful horse. God bless you and your family!

    Thanks, Lynne, for your story and the analogy. It reminded me of Prince, a horse who was part of my life many years ago – I appreciated him a lot.

    Thank you, Lynne, for sharing this encouraging devotional about your “Mama” horse and the worth of those the world often dismisses as worthless. Blessings.

    Sorry to hear about Mama.
    Needed to read your devotional today. Feeling like a write off.
    This too shall pass.

    Thanks, Lynne Phipps for today’s devotional…
    I have been blessed by it; We are no write-offs at all. If any man is In Christ, he is a new creature, old things have passed.
    More grace.

    Good morning Lynne.
    Thank you, this devotion touches some of what is happening in my life now, thank you for the encouragement.
    Enjoy your day.

    Thanks, Lynne, for this touching reminder that when discouragement descends on us, we need to refresh our memories that God loves us. This is the most important thought for us to cling on. Another “Keeper” Lynne which I will be sharing with others. Blessings.

    Good morning Lynne,
    Thank you for the lovely reminder. I have forwarded to a few friends to remind them also how much God loves us no matter what. Always a pleasure to read your thoughts and I am sorry for your loss. Many blessings.

    Oh, I did enjoy reading about the worth of your Mama today. It warms my heart to read your stories! Thank you for sharing your thoughts.
    Many more blessings on the gifts the Lord has given you!
    In Christian love.

    Thank you so much for your encouraging message this morning! We are never
    “write offs” in Christ’s eyes… as He loves us more then we will never know!
    Praise Jesus!!

    O Lynn! These are YOUR stories to tell and you do that so well every time. The names and the nature of each individual creature is a great addition to your telling! How memorable and ‘just right’ the Mama story is (and the grandbaby’s love…). Truly inspired. My prayers and love for you and yours today.

    Lynne, this is TOTALLY BEAUTIFUL. I’ve forwarded it to two women who are feeling a bit like write offs, forgotten by God, unable to continue.
    It’s even harder to bear when they won’t allow you near them. Thank you for this beautiful description – and may you be comforted by Him as you suffer the loss of such a dear creature.

    Dear Lynne,
    Thank you for this very touching and insightful devotional today. So true that each creature, each soul our loving God has created, has been created for a purpose on this earth. I can just visualize the joy “Mamma” gave to your granddaughter and the comrade she was to the other animals around her.
    Bless you Lynne for your precious writings and the loving care you give to so many of God’s creations.

    Dear Lynne:
    I respond to this with tears in my eyes, as I have been feeling very much like an old write-off Mama the past few days… due to things said to me that were not factual. It hurts, especially when your spouse is gone.
    God-bless you for not treating your old mare “Mama” like a write-off. I hope this devotional will jog the memory to readers and treat their loved ones more kindly.
    Thank you for this reminder.

    Dear Lynne, so sorry you lost Mama. everyone in your family… people and animals will miss her. those were brutal temps … her presence was a blessing to you. it sounds to me like she was in a perfect sanctuary along with her colt to live her last year’s comfortably and even being looked up to and valued by others and deeply loved and admired. Wow, she was blessed indeed. sometimes God’s will for our lives bring us to a similar place of not being able to do many things as others can. but with Christ living in me and God’s Holy Spirit guiding and supporting me and holding me up literally I can do what He wills me to do. without God I know I would be in a very dark place. He is my everything ~ He sustains me.
    Blessings and thanks for a beautiful devotion.

    Thank you, Lynne! I needed this message!
    As I recover from surgery, I find that the night times are the worst. And so, I often find myself unable to sleep.
    So, it was last night. The evil voices of nighttime rose loudly reminding me of every error I ever made in life, every unkind word uttered, or deed committed, sinking me lower and lower. Comfort, it seemed, was not to be mine.
    Finally, I had had enough and turned to my iPad to see what was happening in the world, and there was the message from Presbycan in my email inbox. What a saving message! It was just what I needed to read, hear, and ponder. I AM NOT a writeoff! God does love me, and I am made in HIS likeness, so how can I be evil, unkind, and worthless?!?!
    Within the hour, I was able to return to a sound sleep, as the evil voices had been turned away.
    Thank you for your continued dedication to encouraging and educating me through your analogies in life, and God’s word!

    I am so glad you rescued that horse.
    Every living creature ha worth as He created them.
    Thank you.

    Good morning Lynn,
    Good devotional about yet another animal. You are right, regardless of our condition we are never write offs to God. thank you for writing.

    Dear Lynne,
    Thank you very much for the devotional.
    It reminds me of the grand old buggy horse we had until I was in High School. She was beautiful, a light brown, faithful; I don’t remember us ever having a complaint about her.
    I thank God that I can still enjoy devotions.
    And I enjoyed yours today. Thank you very much. Please continue to write. Your devotionals habitually keep getting better paragraph by paragraph. I appreciate them.

    Good Morning Lynne:
    Whenever I read a Devotional that mentions horses or goats, I know it is from you only and I read it with great enthusiasm.
    I also live in a rural area on several acres in the Niagara Peninsula and love to read any Devotional that mentions rural living from a spiritual perspective. Unfortunately, I am unable to look after animals, for I’m over 80.
    I am blessed indeed, thanks to the Lord and my healthy lifestyle, I’m still alive and hale and hearty.
    Bless you for your wonderful Devotionals and the inspiration you provide for all of your devoted readers.

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