Daily Devotional – 9/23/15 “Do we SUM each other?”

I was in a ‘positive thinking’ training class on yesterday and the facilitator mentioned something that piqued my curiosity. She said you must have people around you that SUM you. Now, she gave different meaning to her SUM but in Lakisha’s logic of thinking and tweaking this to make it spiritual, I say you need folk around you who Support, Uplift and Motivate you! You need folk around who SUM you! Matter of fact, we need to SUM each other. Y’all, this Christian walk is hard enough without having to compete with the folk who are in our circle. This journey is enough work on its own with without having to consistently try to pick up everybody who is walking with you. We ought to be SUM (ming) each other. This means, I should be supporting, uplifting and motivating you and you should be supporting, uplifting and motivating me. Yet, if the conversation is one-sided all the time, there’s a problem with the addition. If I have to continually reach down and pick you up and you don’t ever have the strength to pick me up, there’s a problem with the addition. The bible says in Proverbs 13:20, “Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble.”

Chile look, I understand you may go through some things; that’s fine, we all do but you can’t always depend on folk and then never be depended on. Proverbs 17:17 says, “A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.” We are supposed to SUM one another. We are supposed to SUPPORT, UPLIFT and MOTIVATE each other. There’s no sense in us being around one another, claiming to be each other’s friend if we don’t SUM each other. There’s no use in me being around you if I can’t pray you out of some stuff. What good am I if I can’t encourage you on your worst day? What good are you if I can’t call you when I feel like giving up? What good am I if I can’t be counted in when you feel like you’ve been counted out? What good is it having you around when things are going great but you’re nowhere to be counted when things are going bad? Every now and then we have to reevaluate our circles but most importantly, we need to reevaluate ourselves. How good are we being to those around us? Do we SUM each other? Do you add to me or are you taking away? Do I add to you or am I taking away? This goes for every relationship you are a part of! Ask the question and be honest in your answer, do we SUM each other? Hmmm…

Published by Pastor LaKisha

LaKisha Johnson is an author of thirty Christian Fiction novels, devotionals and journals. She writes from her heart, as she hopes the messages, on the pages, will relate to every reader.  Ask her and she’ll tell you, ”It’s not just writing, its ministry.” Over the course of her career, she’s won the 2018 Drunken Druid Book of the Year Award for her book, The Forgotten Wife, 2019 Top Shelf Christian Fiction Book of the Year for Dear God: Hear my Prayer, 2020 Distinguished Authors Guild Award for her book, I’m Not Crazy and was a 2020 TopShelf Women’s Fiction Finalist for her book, When the Vows Break. In addition to being a self-published author, she’s also a wife of 22 years, mother of 2, Asst. Pastor of Macedonia MB Church in Hollywood, MS; Sr. Business Analyst with FedEx, Devotional Blogger and more. She’s a college graduate with 2 Associate Degrees in IT and a Bachelor of Science in Bible.   LaKisha writes from the heart, and this is why she doesn’t take the credit for what God does. If you were to strip away everything, you’d see that Lakisha is simply a woman who boldly, unapologetically and gladly loves and works for God.

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