Today’s Scripture: Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. Hebrews 12:11

Everybody has things that they like the least. Here are some of my least favorite things. My least favorite baseball team is the White Sox, Yankees are a close second. My least favorite football team is the Packers. (I’ve probably offended hundreds of you!) My least favorite word is “whatever.” I hate when someone says that to me. It never means “whatever”; it always means that the person’s eyes are rolling.

A few years ago, my wife and I were walking our dog without a leash. I turned to my wife and said, “This is crazy; why are we walking the dog without a leash?”

She replied with my least favorite word, “Whatever.”

My dog, all of a sudden, ran towards the side of the path chasing an animal. I knew it would be either a porcupine or a skunk. I was hoping it was a porcupine, but my dog chased my least favorite animal, the skunk. The result? Both the air and my dog were filled with my least favorite scent.

We have a lot of least favorites in life, but often, the things we enjoy the least are what we need the most. A prime example would be Novocaine. When you go to the dentist, you don’t want the dentist to just start drilling in your teeth. You need Novocaine. However, receiving the shot hurts. You don’t want to get the shot, but if you don’t get it, it is really bad.

The hardships that you least enjoy may be the best things for you. The preacher you may least enjoy may be the one you need the most. The sermon you least enjoy may be the one you need to hear the most.

Sometimes our least favorite things are the best things for us. Do you ever thank God for those things

Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.